CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 4 Virginia women’s soccer team remained unbeaten this season, downing Drexel 4-0 Sunday afternoon in front of 1,151 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers had four different goal scorers in the game as they improved to 6-0-0 on the season. The Dragons fell to 2-2-1 with the loss.
“This was a good result for us,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We had a tough, physical game on Friday [against Arizona State], so it was nice to be able to rest some regulars today and give good minutes to some players who have earned it. We continue to get scoring from a lot of different players, which is a huge positive. We now have to get ready for some big tests coming up, starting next weekend with our tournament.”
Virginia took the early lead in the ninth minute. Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) took a free kick from 40 yards out and served it into the box, where Shasta Fisher (Saugus, Calif.) headed in her first goal of the season. The Cavaliers doubled the lead in the 18th minute as Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) curled in a corner kick for her first goal of the season. Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) notched her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 22nd minute, as she was set up by Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.). Virginia took that 3-0 advantage into halftime.
The Cavaliers added a final goal early in the second half. Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) scored her third goal of the season in the 47th minute, one-timing a cross from Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.).
At 6-0-0, 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 Drexel 21-0, and had a 9-2 corner kick edge. It marked the first time the Cavaliers held a team without a shot since Colgate last season. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) recorded her third shutout of the season and extended her Virginia career record to 36 shutouts. Eve Badana and Victoria Troccoli made two saves and one save respectively for the Dragons.
The Cavaliers will host the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic next weekend at Klöckner Stadium. Play begins Friday with Penn State playing UCF at 4:30 p.m., followed by Virginia and Washington State at 7 p.m.
#4 Virginia 4, Drexel 0
Drexel (2-2-1) 0 0 – 0
#4 Virginia (6-0) 3 1 – 4
1. UVa. Shasta Fisher 1 (Julia Roberts 3) 9′
2. UVa. Lauren Alwine 1 (unassisted) 18′
3. UVa. Caroline Miller 6 (Erica Hollenberg 5) 22′
4. UVa. Danielle Colaprico 3 (Gloria Douglas 5, Kaili Torres 2) 47′
Shots: UVa 21, DU 0
Corners: UVa 9, DU 2
Saves: UVa 0 (Chantel Jones 0), DU 3 (Victoria Troccoli 1, Eve Badana 2)
Fouls: UVa 6, DU 7