CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia women’s soccer team began a three-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over Clemson on Sunday in front of 1,405 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers improve to 11-3-2 overall (5-2-1 ACC) with the victory, while Clemson (5-10-0, 0-8-0 ACC) suffered its tenth consecutive defeat.
“It was good to come back home and get the win,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We moved the ball much better today than we did on Thursday [at NC State]. We didn’t finish too well, but we created a lot of chances. It was nice to get some players in the game and our depth played well today.”
The Cavaliers dominated from the start and had chances to take the lead early, but Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.) and Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) each hit shots off the crossbar in the first 10 minutes of the game. Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) gave Virginia the lead in the 37th minute, scoring her fifth goal of the season off a pass from Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.). The score would remain 1-0 at the half, with the Cavaliers holding a 14-0 shot edge at the break.
Virginia doubled the lead in the 57th minute as Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) scored her fifth goal of the season on a give-and-go sequence with Alwine, who recorded her 40th career assist on the play. Brannon concluded the scoring in the 71st minute, as her shot off a corner kick was blocked, but the rebound came right back to her to knock in her second goal of the season.
Virginia outshot Clemson 28-4 for the game and had a 9-2 corner kick edge. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made two saves to post her eighth shutout of the season. It was Jones’ 41st career shutout, which ties current Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni for the most in ACC history and the second most in NCAA history. Lauren Arnold made six saves for the Tigers.
The Cavaliers continue the homestand on Thursday as they host rival Virginia Tech. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
#8 Virginia 3, Clemson 0
Clemson (5-10-0, 0-8-0) 0 0 – 0
#8 Virginia (11-3-2, 5-2-1) 1 2 – 3
1. UVa. Morgan Brian 5 (Danielle Colaprico 2, Amanda Fancher 2) 37′
2. UVa. Gloria Douglas 5 (Lauren Alwine 7) 57′
3. UVa. Olivia Brannon 2 (unassisted) 71′
Shots: UVa 28, CU 4
Corners: UVa 9, CU 2
Saves: UVa 2 (Chantel Jones 2), CU 6 (Lauren Arnold 6)
Fouls: UVa 1, CU 6
Olivia Brannon Postgame Interview