CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 9 Cavalier women’s soccer team concluded its preseason schedule Sunday night with a 5-1 exhibition win over Georgetown at Klöckner Stadium. Junior forward Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) scored a first half hat trick and senior midfielder Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) had a pair of assists to lead Virginia to the win.
“I thought it was an excellent result for us, especially in terms of the goals we finished,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “That said, we still have a lot of improving to do. We are a very young team and we just need more games and more time to gel. We were able to make some progress in just two days in how we defended, compared to the Notre Dame game.”
The game was a 110-minute contest, played in three periods (45 min, 35 min, 30 min). In the opening period, the Cavaliers took control early. In the ninth minute, first-year Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) found Lenczyk alone in the middle of the penalty area and she scored her first goal of the evening. In the 27th minute, Rostedt sent a pass to Lenczyk who fired a blast from just outside the area just inside the post for her second tally. Lenczyk capped her hat trick in the 33rd minute when she tapped in a cross from Rostedt.
Virginia added two more goals in the second period. In the 59th minute, Caitlin Miskel sent a cross that found the foot of Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), who slotted in a shot from 10 yards to make the score 4-0. The Cavaliers added one more goal in the 71st minute. An Alwine corner kick was headed by Katie Carr (Williamsburg, Va.), which was deflected to Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.), who tapped in the loose ball in the box.
Georgetown scored their lone goal of the evening in the 91st minute when Kelly D’Ambrisi scored an unassisted goal.
Overall, Virginia outshot Georgetown 14-9, while each team had five corner kicks. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made three saves in 80 shutout minutes over the first two periods for the Cavaliers, while first-year Carrie Wisman (Bristol, Va.) played the final 30 minutes in goal. Hoya goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin played all 110 minutes and made two saves.
The Cavaliers open the regular season on Friday, as they visit No. 12 Penn State.
“It is going to be a game that we are really looking forward to,” said Swanson. “It will give us a chance to test ourselves against a great Penn State team in front of probably a very large crowd. In many ways, it will allow us to see where we are as a team at this point of the season.”
VIRGINIA 5, GEORGETOWN 1 (exhibition)
Georgetown 0 0 1 1
#9 Virginia 3 2 0 5
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk (Caroline Miller) 9’
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk (Jess Rostedt) 27’
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk (Jess Rostedt) 33’
UVa. Lauren Alwine (Caitlin Miskel) 59’
UVa. Kate Norbo (Katie Carr, Lauren Alwine) 71’
GU. Kelly D’Ambrisi (unassisted) 91’
Shots: UVa 14, GU 9
Corners: UVa 5, GU 5
Saves: UVa 4 (Jones 3, Wisman 0, Team 1), GU 2 (DesJardin 2)
Fouls: UVa 7, GU 4