CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 14 Cavalier women’s soccer team recorded its second consecutive impressive victory of the weekend, downing Hofstra 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia broke open the game with five goals in a 10-minute span early in the second half and cruised to their most lopsided victory in four seasons.
“I thought for the first 20 minutes of the second half we did a much better job of moving the ball and creating chances,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “In the first half, we got disrupted out of our rhythm and were really rushing too much. We sorted things out at halftime and we executed the game plan in the second half.”
The Cavaliers opened the scoring in the sixth minute of play. Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) sent a cross that found Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) alone on the back post, who tapped in her second goal of the season. In the 25th minute, Virginia doubled its lead when Alwine sent a ball over the top to Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.), who tapped the ball past the keeper for her second goal of the season. The Cavaliers would take that 2-0 lead into halftime.
Early in the second half, the Cavaliers broke the game wide open with five goals in a 10:04 span. Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) started the run in the 56th minute as she dribbled to the top of the box and fired a shot off the post and in. In the 62nd minute, Alwine sent a ball to Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.), who one-timed a ball into the run of Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.). Miller dribbled around the Hofstra keeper and placed the ball into the vacated net for her second goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Miller struck again, as Lenczyk played her in on a breakaway where she scored her third goal of her rookie campaign. Miller got behind the defense again a minute later, set up by a pass from Colleen Flanagan (Downingtown, Pa.). This time Miller opted to pass, sending a cross to the far post for Lenczyk to tap in for her second goal of the game and third this season. Three minutes later the Cavaliers capped the scoring with their seventh goal. Rostedt fired a shot that was saved by the Hofstra keeper, but the rebound fell to Alwine, who tapped the ball back to Rostedt, who connected on her second try for her second goal of the season.
“We have some depth this year and a lot of options off the bench,” said Swanson. “The difficulty for us is to get into a rhythm with all those players. That depth helped us today. I thought they wore down in the second half, which wasn’t surprising after they had a tough overtime win at Richmond on Friday. They were right there in the first 45 minutes, but in the second half we were able to spread them out and find areas to attack.”
Virginia outshot the Pride 25-6 in the contest and had a 4-3 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made two saves to record her second shutout of the season and the 15th of her career. Krysten Farriella and Kylie Shuster made five and two saves respectively for Hofstra.
The Cavaliers travel west next weekend for the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Virginia meets Arizona on Friday and host Arizona State on Sunday.
VIRGINIA 7, HOFSTRA 0
Hofstra (1-1) 0 0 0
#14 Virginia (2-1) 2 5 7
UVa. Lauren Alwine 2 (Jess Rostedt 1) 6’
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 2 (Lauren Alwine 2) 25’
UVa. Sinead Farrelly 1 (unassisted) 56’
UVa. Caroline Miller 2 (Kate Norbo 1, Lauren Alwine 3) 62’
UVa. Caroline Miller 3 (Meghan Lenczyk 1) 63’
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 3 (Caroline Miller 4, Colleen Flanagan 1) 64’
UVa. Jess Rostedt 2 (Lauren Alwine 4) 67’
Shots: UVa 33, LU 3
Corners: UVa 15, LU 0
Saves: UVa 2 (Jones 2), LU 9 (Blocker 8, Team 1)
Fouls: UVa 6, LU 4
Weather: 82 degrees, clear
Game Notes: Lauren Alwine tied career-highs with three assists and five points … Caroline Miller had her first career multi-goal game … the victory was Virginia’s 150th all-time win at Klöckner Stadium, and are now 150-37-14 in the 18 years at the facility … the 7-0 win was the Cavaliers most lopsided win since a 9-0 win over Richmond in 2005.