CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 14 Virginia women’s soccer team recorded its first ACC victory of the season, downing Clemson 3-0 Sunday afternoon in front of 1,097 fans at Klöckner Stadium. With the victory, the Cavaliers improve to 6-2-2 overall (1-1-0 ACC), while the Tigers fall to 3-7-0 (0-2-0 ACC).
“We did a good job of rebounding today after a disappointing result on Thursday,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We controlled the tempo from the start, got an early goal, and did a nice job of putting the game away. It was a result we needed.”
Virginia took the lead in the eighth minute of play. Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) sent a cross to the far post where Caitlin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored on a diving header for her first goal of the season. The Cavaliers doubled their lead in the 38th minute, when Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) threaded a ball to Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), who fired a shot inside the far post for her fifth goal of the season. In the second half, the Cavaliers added one more goal in the 54th minute. Julia Roberts’ (Frederick, Md.) cross found Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) all alone on the far post, who knocked in her fourth goal of the year.
Virginia outshot Clemson 17-5 in the game, although the Tigers had an 8-0 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made three saves to record her fourth shutout of the season. Paula Pritzen made four saves for Clemson.
The Cavaliers continue their homestand on Wednesday night as they host in-state rival Virginia Tech. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
“It is becoming a pretty good rivalry,” said Swanson. “They are a dangerous team and are already 2-0 in the conference. It is a big game for both teams and hopefully we will have another great atmosphere at Klöckner on Wednesday night.”
VIRGINIA 3, CLEMSON 0
Clemson (3-7-0, 0-2-0) 0 0 0
#14 Virginia (6-2-2, 1-1-0) 2 1 3
UVa. Caitlin Miskel 1 (Sinead Farrelly 3) 8’
UVa. Jess Rostedt 5 (Caroline Miller 5) 38’
UVa. Lauren Alwine 4 (Julia Roberts 3, Sinead Farrelly 4) 54’
Shots: UVa 17, CU 5
Corners: UVa 0, CU 8
Saves: UVa 3 (Jones 3), CU 4 (Pritzen 4)
Fouls: UVa 8, CU 11
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy
Game Notes: Kate Norbo made her first career start and became the 17th different Cavalier to start this season … Sinead Farrelly (two assists) extended her point streak to five consecutive games, the longest streak by a Cavalier since 2004 (Lindsay Gusick – 6 games) … Rostedt’s goal was the 30th of her career, as she became the 11th player in school history to accomplish the feat … the shutout was the 17th of Chantel Jones’ career, as she moves into second place on the Virginia career list.