RALEIGH, N.C. The fourth ranked Virginia women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-0 victory over NC State Thursday afternoon at Method Road Stadium. Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) had a goal and two assists for the Cavaliers, who improve to 9-1-3 on the season, 3-0-2 in the ACC.
“It was good to get an early goal, today” said head coach Steve Swanson. “That calmed us and gave us some confidence. I thought as the game went on that we played better and better. We had a good tempo in the second half. This result sets us up for a big game on Sunday.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of play. Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.) received a throw-in from Foley, dribbled to ten yards out and placed a shot just inside the far post to record her second goal of the season. Virginia added to its lead in the 23rd minute as Foley sent a free kick into the box that Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) headed into the top corner for her fifth goal of the season. UVa took that 2-0 advantage to halftime.
The Cavaliers added a goal in the 77th minute as Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) threaded a through ball to Foley, who scored on the breakaway for her team leading seventh goal of the year.
The Cavaliers outshot NC State 11-5 in the contest and had a 6-2 corner kick advantage. Virginia, which entered the game with the nation’s top defense with a 0.230 goals against average, continued its strong play by posting its 11th shutout of the season. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made three saves to post her ninth shutout of the year for the Cavaliers, while Sydney Little made two saves for the Wolfpack (5-5-2, 0-4-0 ACC).
The Cavaliers will return to home on Sunday as they host No. 21 Clemson. Game time at Klckner Stadium is 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live online by ACC Select.
#4 Virginia 3, NC State 0
#4 Virginia (9-1-3, 3-0-2) 2 1 3
NC State (5-5-2, 0-4-0) 0 0 0
1. UVa. Senty, 2 (Foley, 6) 7’
2. UVa. Quinn, 5 (Foley, 7) 23’
3. UVa. Foley, 7 (Sauerbrunn, 1) 77’
Shots: 11 5
Corners: 6 2
Saves: 3 2
Fouls: 8 12
Cautions: NCSU: YC-O’Rourke 77’
Weather: 68 degrees, clear, windy
NOTES: Senty scored her first career game-winning goal … Foley extended her career records in assists to 34 and game-winning assists to 13 … the Cavaliers open the conference season unbeaten through five games for the first time ever.