CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 Virginia women’s soccer team posted its fourth consecutive victory with a 4-0 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech on Thursday in front of a nationally televised audience and a season-high 1,988 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (12-3-2, 6-2-1 ACC) clinched a home game in the ACC Tournament with the result, while the Hokies (11-5-1, 3-4-1 ACC) had their three-game win streak snapped.
Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored two goals to lead the Cavaliers, her fourth multi-goal game of the season. Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) each had a goal and an assist for Virginia.
“I thought tonight was probably our most complete performance of the year,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “Sometimes the game isn’t indicative of the competition. I think Virginia Tech is an excellent team and we scored four goals on a team that doesn’t give up many. The difference tonight was we finished some really strong goals. We attacked well, possessed the ball well, and defended well to get the shutout.”
The Cavaliers jumped out to the lead in the 13th minute. Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) left a ball at the top of the penalty arc for Miller, who blasted a shot into the upper corner to give UVa the lead. Virginia doubled that advantage in the 31st minute. After a Hokie foul just outside the area, Roberts curled in the free kick for her fifth goal of the season. Virginia Tech’s best chance of the night came in the 41st minute as a header off a corner kick was saved off the line by a defender and Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made a diving stop on the rebound chance.
In the second half, the Cavaliers made the score 3-0 in the 54th minute as Brian headed in a long cross from Roberts for her sixth goal of the season. Miller closed out the scoring in the 61st minute as she scored her second of the night, 14th of the season, off a cross from Hollenberg. Miller’s 14 goals this year puts her fifth on Virginia’s single season scoring list.
Virginia outshot Virginia Tech 13-10 for the game, but the Hokies had a 6-2 corner kick edge.
Jones made three saves to post her ninth shutout of the season. It was Jones’ 42nd career shutout, which moved her into sole possession of the ACC career record and is just two away from tying the NCAA career record.
The Cavaliers conclude the regular season on Oct. 27 as they host Miami. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m.
#6 Virginia 4, Virginia Tech 0
Virginia Tech (11-5-1, 3-4-1) 0 0 – 0
#6 Virginia (12-3-2, 6-2-1) 2 2 – 4
1. UVa. Caroline Miller 13 (Erica Hollenberg 7, Morgan Brian 6) 13′
2. UVa. Julia Roberts 5 (unassisted) 31′
3. UVa. Morgan Brian 6 (Amanda Fancher 3, Julia Roberts 4) 54′
4. UVa. Caroline Miller 14 (Erica Hollenberg 8, Molly Menchel 5) 61′
Shots: UVa 13, VT 10
Corners: UVa 2, VT 6
Saves: UVa 4 (Chantel Jones 3, Team 1), VT 4 (Dayle Colpitts 4)
Fouls: UVa 9, VT 10
Julia Roberts Postgame Interview