CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 9 Virginia women’s soccer team improved to 5-0-1 on the season with a 2-1 victory over William & Mary Friday night in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic before a crowd of 1,097 at Klckner Stadium. First-year Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) had a goal and an assist in the second half to lead Virginia to its eighth consecutive home win/
“It is never easy to play against a team that drops 11 players behind the ball the entire night,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we dealt with it well and played some of or best soccer of the season in the first 55 minutes of the game. We were a final pass here or there away from being up two or three to nothing at the half. In the second half we got two quick goals and really had the game under control until they caught us on a counterattack. Overall, it was a good result against a team in William & Mary that we always expect a battle from.”
The Cavaliers controlled the first half of play, but couldn’t get a goal to take the lead. That changed early in the second half, as they scored twice in the first three minutes after the break. Just 56 seconds into the half, Alli Fries (Dublin, Ohio) sent a ball over the top that found Alwine making a run. Alwine then slotted a ball inside the far post for her first career goal. Less than two minutes later, Alwine took a ball on the flank, beat a defender on the end line and sent a ball to Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.), who tapped in a shot from inside the 6-yard box. In the 56th minute, the Tribe took advantage of its only scoring chance of the evening as Krissy Vornadore scored on a breakaway on a shot that was deflected off her foot by a defender to beat Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas).
Overall the Cavaliers outshot the Tribe 18-2 and had a 5-0 corner kick advantage. Miles picked up the win in net for Virginia, while Meghan Walker made eight saves for the Tribe (2-3-1).
The Cavaliers will conclude play at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic on Sunday as they host Dartmouth at 2 p.m. The Big Green lost to Maryland 2-1 in Friday’s first game of the tournament. Maryland will play William & Mary at noon in Sunday’s first game.
VIRGINIA 2, WILLIAM & MARY 1
William & Mary (2-3-1) 0 1 – 1
#9 Virginia (5-0-1) 0 2 – 2
UVa Lauren Alwine 1 (Alli Fries 2) 46’
UVa Meghan Lenczyk 5 (Lauren Alwine 4) 48’
W&M Krissy Vornadore 1 (Claire Zimmeck 1) 56’
Shots: UVa 18, W&M 2
Corners: UVa 5, W&M 0
Saves: UVa 0 (Miles 0), W&M 8 (Walker 8)
Fouls: UVa 8, W&M 5
Weather: 74 degrees, overcast