CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 7 Virginia women’s soccer team scored four goals in each half as it topped Richmond 8-0 on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. Five different Cavaliers scored as UVa improved to 4-0-1 on the season.
“This wasn’t the result we expected tonight,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We have a lot of respect for Richmond and when we watched tape of their earlier games this season, we thought they had played well. They were without their top scorer tonight and we were able to get up on them early and take control of the game.”
The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard in the eighth minute, when Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) stole a ball, dribbled inside the box and fired a shot just inside the far post. Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) doubled the advantage in the 14th minute, when she took a pass from Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) and curled a shot around the keeper into the side of the net. Farrelly struck again less than two minutes later, taking a pass from Lindsey Miller (Nashua, N.H.), dribbling to the penalty spot and slotting a shot past the keeper. Virginia closed out the first half scoring in the 39th minute when Katie Carr (Williamsburg, Va.) headed in a Kika Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) free kick for her first career goal.
Lenczyk scored her second goal of the game, and seventh of the young season, in the 48th minute, one-timing a Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) cross into the upper corner. Lindsey Miller intercepted a clearance at the top of the box and fired in her second goal of the year in the 52nd minute. The Cavaliers’ seventh goal of the night came in the 64th minute when a Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) shot was saved, but the rebound was cleared by a Spider defender off her own teammate and into the net. In the 79th minute, Amber Fry (Northfield, Ill.) received a long pass from Katie Starsia (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and chipped a shot over the keeper for her first career goal.
“I thought we scored some very nice goals tonight,” said Swanson. “Most of them would have gone in against anyone. Our depth also showed tonight. There is little difference, if any, between the players who start and those who come off the bench, and that is the luxury for a coach.”
Overall, Virginia outshot Richmond 27-2 and had an 8-4 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made one save for the Cavaliers, while Danielle DeLisle (Baltimore, Md.) played the final 19 minutes to complete the shutout in her collegiate debut. Melissa Pacheco made two saves and Andrea Young made seven saves, each playing a half in goal for the Spiders (1-3-1).
The eight goals were the most for the Cavaliers since a 9-0 win over Richmond in 2005, the last time the teams played.
The Cavaliers host the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic next weekend at Klöckner Stadium. On Friday, William & Mary meets Boston University at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers and Texas at 7 p.m. Play begins Sunday at noon with William & Mary and Texas, followed at 2 p.m. by Boston University and Virginia.
No. 7 Virginia 8, Richmond 0
Richmond (1-3-1) 0 0 – 0
#7 Virginia (4-0-1) 4 4 – 8
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 6 (unassisted) 8′
UVa. Sinead Farrelly 2 (Caroline Miller 2) 14′
UVa. Sinead Farrelly 3 (Lindsey Miller 2) 16′
UVa. Katie Carr 1 (Kika Toulouse 1) 39′
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 7 (Lauren Alwine 4) 48′
UVa. Lindsey Miller 2 (unassisted) 52′
UVa. Own Goal 64′
UVa. Amber Fry 1 (Katie Starsia 1) 79′
Shots: UVa 27, UR 2
Corners: UVa 8, UR 4
Saves: UVa 1 (Jones 1, DeLisle 0), UR 9 (Pacheco 2, Young 7)
Fouls: UVa 11, UR 9
Offsides: UVa 3, UR 2