CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 4 Virginia women’s soccer team improved to 5-0-0, its best start to a season since 2004, with a 3-0 victory over Arizona State Friday night in front of 1,242 fans at Klöckner Stadium. Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) had two goals and Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) had three assists to lead the Cavaliers.
“This was a physical game and was the kind of game we have to expect when we get into the ACC,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “It was a good win for us against a strong opponent. It was nice to get a couple of early goals, which let us settle into the game.”
Virginia took the lead in the fourth minute of play. Alwine left a ball in the box for Roberts, who blasted a shot towards the far post that deflected off a defender and into the goal. Roberts struck again in the 13th minute, as Alwine tapped a loose ball in the box to her to knock in her second of the night and third of the season. It was the first multi-goal game of Roberts’ career. The Sun Devils (2-1-0) nearly cut the lead in half late in the first half, but Alexandra Doller’s breakaway attempt was saved by goalkeeper Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.), and Doller’s rebound attempt was saved off the line by a diving Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.).
The Cavaliers added a goal in the 61st minute as Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) one-timed in an Alwine cross for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
With her three assists, Alwine now has 37 career assists, setting a new Virginia record. The previous record of 36 career assists was held by Shannon Foley (2003-07).
At 5-0-0, Virginia is off to its best start to a season since going 9-0-0 to start the 2004 campaign. That season the Cavaliers went on to win the ACC Championship.
Overall Virginia outshot Arizona State 20-7, and had a 5-2 corner kick edge. Jones made two saves for the Cavaliers to record her second shutout of the season and extend her Virginia career record to 35 shutouts. Vittoria Arnold had one save and Alyssa Gillmore had four saves respectively for Arizona State.
The Cavaliers continue their homestand on Sunday as they host Drexel. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 2 p.m.
#4 Virginia 3, Arizona State 0
Arizona State (2-1) 0 0 – 0
#4 Virginia (5-0) 2 1 – 3
1. UVa. Julia Roberts 2 (Lauren Alwine 2) 4′
2. UVa. Julia Roberts 3 (Lauren Alwine 3) 13′
3. UVa. Caroline Miller 5 (Lauren Alwine 4, Erica Hollenberg 4) 61′
Shots: UVa 20, ASU 7
Corners: UVa 5, ASU 2
Saves: UVa 3 (Chantel Jones 2, Team 1), ASU 5 (Vittoria Arnold 1, Alyssa Gillmore 4)
Fouls: UVa 11, ASU 14