CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with a 2-0 victory over No. 16 Maryland in a quarterfinal match Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers won its sixth straight game to improve to 14-3-2, while the Terrapins fell to 10-5-4.
“I am pleased with the result, as our team did what they needed to do today,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We pressed the ball well, took advantage of our depth and moved the ball well at times. That first goal was important as it gave us some confidence and allowed us to dictate the tempo of the game. It would have been nice to get the second one a little earlier, but I thought we had command of the game most of the second half. Overall, it was a good performance.”
Virginia will meet Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday night in Cary, N.C. Game time at WakeMed Soccer Park is set for 7:30 p.m., and game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.
The Cavaliers took the lead in 29th minute of play. Amanda Fancher’s (The Colony, Texas) cross fell to Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va) at the top of the box, where she fired a shot into the upper left corner for her third goal of the season. Virginia took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers controlled play but didn’t get a second goal until the 83rd minute. Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) found Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) on the wing, who cut inside and fired a shot just under the crossbar for her sixth goal of the season.
Virginia posted its fifth consecutive shutout, its longest streak since six straight shutouts in 2009. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made one save to earn her 44th career shutout, tying the NCAA record. Jones, who has 11 shutouts this season, equaled the mark set by Erin Guthrie of Rutgers (2006-09).
“I am happy about the shutout,” said Swanson. “Chantel Jones made history today for herself and for the University of Virginia. To tie that record is a great accomplishment and we couldn’t be prouder of her.”
Virginia outshot Maryland 18-4 for the game and had a 9-1 corner kick edge.
The first ACC semifinal begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Cary as Duke plays Wake Forest. The winners will meet in the final on Sunday at 1 p.m.
#5 Virginia 2, #16 Maryland 0
#16 Maryland (10-5-4) 0 0 – 0
#5 Virginia (14-3-2) 1 1 – 2
1. UVa. Molly Menchel 3 (Amanda Fancher 4) 29′
2. UVa. Gloria Douglas 6 (Caroline Miller 4) 83′
Shots: UVa 18, Md 4
Corners: UVa 9, Md 1
Saves: UVa 1 (Chantel Jones 1), Md 4 (Yewande Balogun 2, Team 2)
Fouls: UVa 8, Md 17
Molly Menchel Postgame Interview