CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 10 Virginia women’s soccer team used a balanced scoring attack to down Richmond 6-0 on Sunday night at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers had five players score a goal and eight players record a point as they improved to 2-0-0 on the season.
First-year Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) scored her first two career goals to lead Virginia, while Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) had a career-high three assists and Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) had two assists.
“It was great to get this result tonight,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “Richmond is always a very dangerous and well organized team. Early on we weren’t sharp, but once we got the first goal we seemed to settle down. We were then able to find the seams and get some good looks. I just wish we could have made that adjustment sooner. Overall I was pleased. We got a lot of players some good minutes and helped establish some more roles.”
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 22nd minute as Douglas’ cross was knocked in by Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.) for the sophomore defender’s first career goal. Four minutes later Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) doubled the lead as she blasted a shot from the top of the area into the upper corner. Just over two minutes later Colaprico scored her first career goal off a through ball from Douglas to make the score 3-0. Virginia held that advantage at halftime.
Virginia extended the lead to 4-0 in the 49th minute as Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.) one-timed a shot from inside the box for her first goal of the season. Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) notched her first goal of the season in the 63rd minute off an assist from Hollenberg. Colaprico closed out the scoring in the 88th minute, scoring again off an assist from Douglas.
Douglas becomes the first Cavalier to have a three-assist game since Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) had three assists vs. Hofstra on August 30, 2009. Entering the game, Douglas had just three career assists over the first 23 games of her career.
Overall Virginia outshot Richmond 25-4, and had a 6-1 corner kick edge. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made one save for the Cavaliers as she recorded her 34th career shutout, moving to within one of the ACC career record of 35 set by Aly Winget of North Carolina. Andrea Young made seven saves at the other end for the Spiders (0-1-1).
The Cavaliers continue their season-opening nine-game homestand on Friday as they host Liberty. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m.
#10 Virginia 6, Richmond 0
Richmond (0-1-1) 0 0 – 0
#10 Virginia (2-0) 3 3 – 6
1. UVa. Molly Menchel 1 (Gloria Douglas 1, Julia Roberts 2) 22′
2. UVa. Julia Roberts 1 (Olivia Brannon 1) 26′
3. UVa. Danielle Colaprico 1 (Gloria Douglas 2) 29′
4. UVa. Kate Norbo 1 (Caroline Miller 1, Erica Hollenberg 2) 49′
5. UVa. Caroline Miller 1 (Erica Hollenberg 3) 63′
6. UVa. Danielle Colaprico 2 (Gloria Douglas 3) 88′
Shots: UVa 25, UR 4
Corners: UVa 6, UR 1
Saves: UVa 1 (Chantel Jones 1), UR 8 (Andrea Young 7, Team 1)
Fouls: UVa 12, UR 11