CHARLOTTESVILLE The third ranked Virginia women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 3-0 victory over Maryland Thursday on a rainy night at Klckner Stadium. The Cavaliers improve to 11-1-4 overall and 5-0-3 in the ACC.
“This was a good result for us and a good way to finish out our home schedule,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we showed a lot of energy and generated a lot of chances. This will give us some momentum heading to Boston College this weekend.”
The teams played to a scoreless first half, with Virginia outshooting the Terrapins 7-2 before the break. The Cavaliers opened the scoring in the 63rd minute on Kelly Quinn’s (Dublin, Ohio) tally. Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) sent a cross towards the near post that Quinn one-timed into the top corner for her sixth goal of the season, setting her new career high for goals in a season. The game remained 1-0 until the final five minutes, before Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) scored a pair of goals, in the 87th and 88th minutes. It marked the first career multi-goal game for Lenczyk.
The Cavaliers outshot the Terrapins (5-7-3, 0-6-1 ACC) 18-4 in the contest, along with an 11-1 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.), the nation’s leader in goals against average at 0.252 entering the game, made four saves in net for the Cavaliers to post her 11th shutout of the season. Yewande Balogun and Mary Casey each made three saves in net for Maryland.
The win for Virginia, coupled with Florida State’s 3-2 loss at Wake Forest, moves the Cavaliers into second place in the ACC. With a 5-0-3 conference mark, Virginia remains the only unbeaten team in ACC play.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday as they visit No. 16 Boston College. Virginia has never beaten the Eagles, who lead the series 0-3-1, including 1-0 decisions in the two meetings since BC has joined the ACC. Game time Sunday in Newton, Mass. is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live online by ACC Select.
#3 Virginia 3, Maryland 0
Maryland (5-7-3, 0-6-1) 0 0 0
#3 Virginia (11-1-4, 5-0-3) 0 3 3
1. UVa. Quinn, 6 (Foley, 8; Farrelly, 4) 63’
2. UVa. Lenczyk, 4 (Singer, 2) 87’
3. UVa. Lenczyk, 5 (unassisted) 88’
Shots: 18 4
Corners: 11 1
Saves: 4 7
Fouls: 12 11
Weather: 55 degrees, rain
NOTES: The shutout was the 13th of the season for the Cavaliers, one shy of the school record for a season … Foley’s assist extends her school records for assists (35) and game winning assists (14) … Lenczyk becomes the third different Cavalier to record a multi-goal game this season … Virginia has now outscored opponents 26-1 after halftime this season.