CHARLOTTESVILLE In front of a record crowd and a national television audience, the third-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team topped Virginia Tech 2-0 Thursday night. The win extended the Cavaliers unbeaten streak to 12 games as they improve to 10-1-4 overall, 4-0-3 in the ACC.
“You could feel the atmosphere tonight, which was a combination of the rivalry and the TV cameras,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “To get the first goal was huge because it made them have to chase the game. The second one was important to get to close out the game. This upcoming break couldn’t come at a better time for us. We will get back to training next week and prepare for the final ACC stretch.”
The Cavaliers took the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute of play. Jen Redmond’s (Morristown, N.J.) through ball was bouncing into the box where Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) beat a Hokie defender and goalkeeper to the ball and flicked a shot over the charging goalie for her fifth goal of the season. Virginia added another goal in the 81st minute as Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) headed into a free kick that Redmond served into the box. It was Krzysik’s second goal of the season.
The Cavaliers outshot the Hokies (5-6-3, 1-4-2 ACC) 15-6 in the contest as each team had three corner kicks. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.), the nation’s leader in goals against average at 0.269 entering the game, made three saves in net for the Cavaliers to post her tenth shutout of the season. Ashley Owens made four saves for the Hokies.
A Klckner Stadium women’s soccer record of 2,011 were in attendance at the contest, which was televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. The previous women’s soccer record was 1,994 set in 1995 against North Carolina.
The Cavaliers will return to action in one week, as they host Maryland on October 25 in the final regular season home game. Game time at Klckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
#3 Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 0
Virginia Tech (5-6-3, 1-4-2) 0 0 0
#3 Virginia (10-1-4, 4-0-3) 1 1 2
1. UVa. Farrelly 5 (Redmond, 3) 35’
2. UVa. Krzysik, 2 (Redmond, 4) 81’
Shots: 15 6
Corners: 3 3
Saves: 3 4
Fouls: 8 11
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy
NOTES: The shutout was the 12th of the season for the Cavaliers, two shy of the school record for a season … Redmond’s first assist was her 10th career game-winning assist, moving her into second place in school history, behind teammate Shannon Foley (13) … the Cavaliers have wom 17 consecutive games against intrastate opponents, outscoring them 62-1 in those contests … Virginia remains the only ACC team unbeaten in conference play this season.