CORAL GABLES, Fla. The No. 15 Virginia women’s soccer team concluded their ACC opening round trip with a 2-0 victory over Miami Sunday at Cobb Stadium. The Cavaliers used two first half goals and another strong defensive performance to improve to 8-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the ACC.
“This was a great result for us,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “To come back after a tough game at Florida State on Thursday and jump out and get some early goals and take control of this game was important. We knew Miami was going to fight hard and we did a good job of battling with them.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) intercepted a clearance and sent a ball behind the Miami defense. Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) ran onto the ball and curled a shot from outside the box over the keeper and just under the crossbar for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. In the 35th minute, the Cavaliers doubled their lead as Alli Fries (Dublin, Ohio) headed in a corner kick by Amanda Stewart (West Chester, Pa.).
“It was key to get the first goal today and Meghan Lenczyk’s goal was well taken,” said Swanson. “She took advantage of an opportunity and that is something we weren’t doing as often recently.”
The two first-half goals were all the Cavaliers needed, as their defense posted their sixth shutout of the season, and second consecutive one to open ACC play.
Overall the Cavaliers outshot the Hurricanes 21-4 in the game and had a 6-2 corner kick advantage. Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) made three saves to post her sixth shutout of the season for Virginia. Vikki Alonzo made eight saves at the other end for the Hurricanes.
With the victory, the Cavaliers open the conference season with a 2-0-0 record for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Lenczyk scored the game-winning goal for the Cavaliers for their fourth consecutive win, with all four tallies coming off assists from Alwine.
The Cavaliers return home Thursday for their ACC home opener against NC State. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Klckner Stadium.
VIRGINIA 2, MIAMI 0
#15 Virginia (8-1-1, 2-0-0) 2 0 – 2
Miami (7-3-2, 0-1-1) 0 0 – 0
UVa Meghan Lenczyk 8 (Lauren Alwine 7) 10’
UVa Alli Fries 2 (Amanda Stewart 2) 35’
Miami Ashlee Burt (YC-30’), Jessica Wyble (YC-48’), Julianne Rickers (YC-69’), Corynn Carino (YC-73’)
Shots: UVa 21, UM 4
Corners: UVa 6, UM 2
Saves: UVa 3 (Miles 3), UM 9 (Alonzo 8, Team 1)
Fouls: UVa 8, UM 15
Weather: 82 degrees, humid