No. 6 Virginia Outlasts No. 16 Old Dominion, 1-0
NORFOLK, Va. – The sixth-ranked Virginia field hockey team improved to 4-0 this season with a 1-0 victory over No. 16 Old Dominion (2-2) Monday in Norfolk, Va.
Sophomore Inga Stöckel scored the lone goal of the game with just 5:22 to play to give the Cavaliers the victory. Stöckel, who netted her second of the season, scored on a penalty corner. After the ball was deflected in the circle, she gathered it up and ripped it past ODU’s Kelly Driscoll.
“Games like today make everyone better,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “Everyone competed and both teams fought each other for every possession. I told the team it was going to come down to winning every situation we were in, and that is what happened. It came down to the wire.”
For the game, Virginia outshot ODU 14-4, but the Lady Monarchs had a 7-6 advantage on penalty corners. Stöckel led the Cavaliers with four shots while Tara Puffenberger, Michelle Vittese and Floor Vogels each contributed two shots.
“We were able to generate some shots again in the second half,” Madison continued. “But we still weren’t able to put it away, so we just had to keep shooting.”
The UVa defense recorded its third shutout and has allowed just one goal in four games this season.
The Cavaliers continue to play on the road with two games in Ohio next weekend. Virginia will play at Kent State Friday before playing the Bobcats of Ohio on Sunday.