CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer team used two goals in the final 10 minutes from Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) to top Duke 2-0 Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium. The win improves the Cavaliers’ record to 9-3-1 (3-2-0 ACC), while the Blue Devils fall to 7-5-3 (1-4-1 ACC).
“We knew this was going to be a tough game and we had to work and grind for a while to get a result,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “Our defending was excellent all night and in the second half we were able to turn it up a notch offensively. Until you get that first goal you never know what could happen, but we finished a couple of nice goals at the end.”
The teams had few chances in the first half and the game went to the intermission scoreless. In the second half Virginia gained control, outshooting Duke 9-1 after the break. The Cavaliers didn’t find the back of the net until the 82nd minute when Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) sent a cross that Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) headed to the feet of Lenczyk, who placed a low shot just inside the post. Minutes later Lenczyk doubled the Cavalier lead when Farrelly made a long run to the penalty area, then found Lenczyk, who curled a shot inside the far post.
For Lenczyk, it was her fourth multi-goal game of the season and the eighth multi-goal game of her career. Her 11 goals on the season ties her career high, set in 2008 as a sophomore, and she now ranks fourth in school history with 35 career goals.
“We needed to get back on track after the UNC game,” said Swanson. “Duke is a good team and we knew we were going to get their best effort as they are fighting for points in the standings. We had to do some good things to get a win. I am proud of the effort we put forth tonight and now we have to get ready for another tough game against Wake.”
Overall, Virginia had a 14-5 edge in shots and a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) needed to make just one save for the Cavaliers to post her seventh shutout of the season, the 30th of her career. Tara Campbell made five saves at the other end for the Blue Devlss.
The Cavaliers conclude their homestand on Sunday as they host Wake Forest. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m., a change from the original schedule.
No. 8 Virginia 2, Duke 0
Duke (7-5-3, 1-4-1) 0 0 – 0
#8 Virginia (9-3-1, 3-2-0) 0 2 – 2
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 10 (Sinead Farrelly 4, Lauren Alwine 7) 82′
UVa. Meghan Lenczyk 11 (Sinead Farrelly 5) 85′
Shots: UVa 14, Duke 5
Corners: UVa 6, Duke 4
Saves: UVa 1 (Jones 1), Duke 5 (Campbell 5)
Fouls: UVa 11, Duke 13
Offsides: UVa 0, Duke 0