CHARLOTTESVILLE – The eighth-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team reached the NCAA round of 16 for the seventh consecutive year with a 3-0 victory over Washington State Friday night in a second round match at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (16-4-2) will host in-state rival Virginia Tech in the third round on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We beat a very good team in Washington State tonight,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “They are one of the better defensive teams we have seen all year, so to get three goals on them tells how well we played tonight. We had a really good week of practice and that carried over into the game. Our crosses were sharp, our finishing was good and our possession was excellent.”
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 17th minute of play. Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) served a free kick into the box to Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), who flicked on the ball in front of goal. Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) beat the charging keeper to the loose ball inside the 6-yard box to tap in her third goal of the season. Virginia doubled its lead in the 31st minute as Gloria Douglas (Fayetteville, N.C.) knocked in a pass from Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) for her seventh goal of the season.
In the second half, Virginia extended the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute as Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season on an assist from Molly Menchel (Alexandria, Va.). The Cougars (12-7-2) didn’t get their only shot of the game until the 89th minute as the Cavaliers outshot them 22-1 for the game.
In addition to the 22-1 shot advantage, the Cavaliers had a 7-3 corner kick edge. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) didn’t need to make a save to post her 46th career shutout, extending her NCAA record. It was also Jones’ 13th shutout of the season, tying the single season school record set by Christina de Vries in 2004 and matched by Jones in 2007. Gurveen Clair had seven saves for the Cougars.
In the first game of the day at Klöckner Stadium, Virginia Tech defeated Texas A&M 3-1 to set up the round of 16 matchup of Commonwealth rivals. The Cavaliers won the regular season meeting between the teams 4-0 on Oct. 20 at Klöckner Stadium.
“Virginia Tech is going to be another huge challenge,” said Swanson. “All you have to do is look at the results and see how good the ACC has been. They are a good team and we knew that the first time we played them. We happened to finish very well when we played them last month, but that was a tough game and we are expecting a tough game again on Sunday.”
Sunday’s third round game is set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $9 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, UVa students, and senior citizen general admission. Fans can order tickets for the tournament online at VirginiaSports.com. Tickets are also available at the Klöckner Stadium gate beginning one hour prior to the start of play.
On Sunday, free parking will be available for both women’s soccer and women’s basketball fans in the University Hall parking lot and in Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage due to the women’s basketball game against Tennessee at 2 p.m.
The John Paul Jones Arena west lot is reserved for women’s basketball permit holders and therefore unavailable on Sunday for women’s soccer fans.
#8 Virginia 3, Washington State 0
Washington State (12-7-4) 0 0 – 0
#8 Virginia (16-4-2) 2 1 – 3
1. UVa. Lauren Alwine 3 (Morgan Brian 7, Julia Roberts 6) 17′
2. UVa. Gloria Douglas 7 (Danielle Colaprico 3, Lauren Alwine 8) 31′
3. UVa. Caroline Miller 15 (Molly Menchel 7) 58′
Shots: UVa 22, WSU 1
Corners: UVa 7, WSU 3
Saves: UVa 0 (Chantel Jones 0), WSU 7 (Gurveen Clair 7)
Fouls: UVa 4, WSU 4