Nov. 12, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the second consecutive season, by defeating No. 19 Wake Forest 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) and Kristen Weiss (Brecksville, Ohio) scored for the Cavaliers, who posted their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent in the tournament.
“We just wanted to come out and play strong at the start of this game,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “We knew the wind was going to be a factor, and to get the first goal, going into the wind, really settled us into our game. It gave us a lot of confidence early.”
Despite going into the wind in the first half, Virginia (12-7-2) took a 1-0 lead into intermission. The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead on Rostedt’s goal in the seventh minute. A passing play by Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) and Julia Falk (Clifton, Va.) sent Rostedt through on a breakaway. She dribbled around the Demon Deacon keeper and found the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season. Late in the first half, Sarah Winslow had a chance to tie the game as she got in behind the Cavalier defense, but her shot was saved by defender Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.).
In the second half, both teams had chances early on. The Cavaliers took advantage of a chance in the 77th minute to add a second goal. After a Wake Forest defender misplayed a header past her goalkeeper, Weiss got to the loose ball and scored into the empty net. That was all the Cavaliers needed, as they posted their tenth shutout of the season.
The Demon Deacons (16-6-1) outshot the Cavaliers 11-6 in the contest, and had a 7-2 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Caif.) made two saves to post her eighth shutout of the season for Virginia. Laura Morse had one save for Wake Forest.
“We felt all along, that this was going to be a tough road,” Swanson said. “This was probably one of the toughest regionals in the tournament. We are enjoying these games and are ready to take on whatever comes next.”
The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Texas A&M-SMU game in a round of 16 matchup. That game will be played next weekend, with a date, time, and location to be announced later.
Virginia 2, #19 Wake Forest 0
Virginia (12-7-2) 1 1 2#19 Wake Forest (16-6-1) 0 0 0
Scoring Summary1. UVa. Rostedt, 9 (Redmond, Falk) 7’2. UVa. Weiss, 4 (unassisted) 77′
UVa WFUShots: 6 11Corners: 2 7Saves: 3 1Fouls: 13 11
Weather: 56 degrees, 20-25 mph windsAttendance: 834
Game Notes: Rostedt’s goal in the seventh minute was the earliest goal in a game for Virginia this season … Virginia reaches the round of 16 for the second consecutive year, and the 13th time in school history … The Cavaliers are now 12-0-0 this season when scoring the first goal … the shutout was the 31st of de Vries’ career, extending her school record … Redmond’s assist on Rostedt’s goal was her sixth game-winning assist of the season, setting a new school season record … the win was Virginia’s fifth ever NCAA Tournament win away from Charlottesville.