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Virginia’s Paige Selenski took a pass from Lauren Elstein on a breakaway in extra time and slotted the ball to the far corner 7:54 into the extra frame to send the fifth-ranked Cavaliers (8-1) to a 2-1 win over Ohio (2-5) today at University Hall Turf Field. Floor Vogels and the rest of the Cavalier defense allowed the Bobcats only two shots on the day, including only one in regulation. Virginia’s defense also only allowed two short corners, with one in regulation and one in the extra time.

Ohio got on the board on their only shot of the game, which came on their only short corner of regulation. After a misplayed transfer by the Cavalier defense sailed out of bounds deep in Virginia territory, the Bobcats played the ball in from the sideline and drew a short corner. On the play, Nikki Gnozzio sent the ball in to Lauren Stahlhuth, who stopped it for Rachelle Coetzee. Coetzee slammed the ball to the boards at 29:29 for a 1-0 lead. The Cavaliers held a 4-1 advantage in short corners and a 5-1 advantage in shots after the first half.

In the second half, Virginia kept the pressure on the Bobcat defense as the Cavaliers did not allow Ohio over the 25 with any appreciable time. The Cavaliers drew eight short corners in the frame, and were able to score on their fifth of the half. Vogels took the stop from Lucy Meyers and sent the ball to the right to Traci Ragukas on her right. Ragukas shot the ball to the boards, tying the game at 1-1 at 54:50. The Hoos were able to draw two more short corners at the end of regulation, but could not notch the go-ahead goal and the teams moved into the extra frame.

The Bobcats opened with possession, but the Hoos had the first good look as Selenski took a pass below the midfield stripe and accelerated upfield, drawing the keeper out of the cage before just missing with a shot. Ohio advanced the ball to the other end, where they drew their second corner of the contest. On the play, the direct shot was saved on with a split by Amy Desjadon, rocketing the ball out to Rachel Jennings. Jennings pushed the ball up to Lauren Elstein, who in turn found Selenski on a 2v1. Selenski again entered the circle, drew the keeper, and fired a shot to the far corner for the victory.

The Cavaliers return to action this weekend in Boston as Virginia faces host Boston College on Friday (Sep 26) before taking on Boston University on Sunday (Sep 28).

Scoring summary:
29:29 Ohio, pc, R. Coetzee (Gnozzio, Stahlhuth) 0-1
54:50 UVa, pc, Ragukas (Vogels) 1-1
72:51 UVa, fg, Selenski (Elstein) 2-1

Keepers: VA: Amy Desjadon (42:54, 1 save, 1 GA); Devon Burnley (35 mins, 0 save, 0 GA)
Ohio: Jessie Martin (77:54, 12 saves, 2 GA)

Shots: VA: 21, Ohio 2
Short corners: VA 14, OU 2

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