CHARLOTTESVILLE The fifth ranked Virginia women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 double overtime win over Miami Sunday afternoon at Klckner Stadium. Shannon Foley’s (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) goal in the 107th minute gave Virginia its second conference win of the season.
“We made this one tough on ourselves,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “This league is tough enough when you are playing the other team but its even worse when you are playing the post and the crossbar too. We should have been up 2-0 or 3-0 at the half but we hit the post. Shots don’t win games, goals do. We deserved to have one finally go in. It was a great sequence to set it up and it showed the mental side of our team to remain focused and get the goal to win it.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers (8-1-3, 2-0-2 ACC) had all of the chances, outshooting the Hurricanes (6-3-3, 2-1-1 ACC) 12-1 before the break. Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) and Sarah Curtis (Yellow Springs, Ohio) each had shots ring off the post and Alli Fries’ (Dublin, Ohio) header skimmed off the top of the crossbar. In the second half, Farrelly nearly won the game for Virginia in the 80th minute as she dribbled through the Hurricane defense and hit a shot that beat the keeper but hit flush off the far post.
The Cavaliers continued to pressure in the overtime periods and eventually scored the winning goal in the 107th minute. Caitlin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) sent a ball behind the defense to Farrelly, who got to the end line and found Foley on the far post to tap in the game-winner. It was Foley’s team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Cavaliers outshot Miami 23-10 in the game and had a 7-4 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made four saves for Virginia to post her eighth shutout of the season. It was the 10th shutout of the season for the Cavalier defense, already matching their 2006 season total. Lauren McAdam made seven saves for the Hurricanes.
The win was critical for the Cavaliers in the conference standings as it moved them into second place with eight points (2-0-2), behind North Carolina. Miami, which entered the game in a first-place tie with Wake Forest, falls to a four-way tie for third place with seven points (2-1-1).
The Cavaliers will return to action on Thursday as they visit NC State. Game time at Method Road Stadium in Raleigh is slated for 4 p.m.
#5 Virginia 1, Miami 0
Miami (6-3-3, 2-1-1) 0 0 0 0 0
#5 Virginia (8-1-3, 2-0-2) 0 0 0 1 1
1. UVa. Foley, 6 (Farrelly, 3; Miskel, 5) 107’
Shots: 23 10
Corners: 7 4
Saves: 4 7
Fouls: 8 5
Weather: 90 degrees, clear
NOTES: The Cavaliers remain undefeated (7-0-1) at home this season … Foley’s goal gives her now 78 career points, moving her into sole possession of eighth place in the Cavalier record book … Jones’ eight shutouts this season already ranks fifth in school history for a season … Miskel’s fifth assist of the year is a new career high.