RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 14 Cavalier women’s soccer team had its seven-game unbeaten sneak snapped with a 2-1 loss at NC State at the Dail Soccer Stadium. The loss drops the Cavaliers’ record to 5-2-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the ACC.
“This is obviously a disappointing result for us,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “But is a result that we can learn some lessons from. I wish you could take lessons from a game like this when you win it, but sometimes you need a result like this for the urgent lessons to kick in. This won’t break our season, but we need to rebound against a tough Clemson team on Sunday.”
The Wolfpack took an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play as Paige Dugal fired a shot into the upper corner off a cross from Kara Blosser. It marked the first time since the season opener at Penn State that the Cavaliers trailed in a game. Virginia nearly drew even in the 19th minute as Sinead Farrelly’s (Havertown, Pa.) header went off the post. However despite a 9-2 shot advantage, the Cavaliers trailed 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers continued to pressure and finally broke through with the equalizer in the 69th minute. Farrelly slid a ball into the run of Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.), who slipped a shot from 15 yards just under the diving keeper and inside the far post for her second goal of the season. The Wolfpack scored the game-winner late as Dugal headed in a cross from Tanya Cain in the 88th minute to give NC State the 2-1 lead.
Virginia outshot NC State 21-4 in the contest and had an 8-2 corner kick advantage.
The Cavaliers open a three-match homestand on Sunday when they host Clemson. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 2 p.m.
NC STATE 2, VIRGINIA 1
#14 Virginia (5-2-2, 0-1-0) 0 1 1
NC State (6-2-1, 1-0-0) 1 1 2
NCSU. Paige Dugal 6 (Kara Blosser 2, Nadia Aboulhosn 2) 5’
UVa. Kate Norbo 2 (Sinead Farrelly 2, Caitlin Miskel 4) 69’
NCSU. Paige Dugal 7 (Tanya Cain 2) 88’
Shots: UVa 21, NCSU 4
Corners: UVa 8, NCSU 2
Saves: UVa 0 (Jones 0), NCSU 10 (Kern 10)
Fouls: UVa 3, NCSU 6
Weather: 83 degrees, humid
Game Notes: The loss snapped Virginia’s six-game ACC opener winning streak … the loss also snapped the Cavaliers’ 14-game winning streak in the series.