LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 9 Virginia field hockey team (10-3, 2-2 ACC) scored twice in the fourth quarter to pick up a 2-1 road win at No. 5 Louisville (10-2, 2-2 ACC) on Friday (Oct. 11) at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Louisville scored its goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first quarter off a penalty corner to take a 1-0 lead. Senior striker Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) had a penalty stroke for a chance to tie the game 45 seconds into the fourth quarter. Louisville called in goalie Sam Minrath from the bench to defend the attempt. She stopped the shot to maintain the Cardinals’ 1-0 lead. Freshman Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) tied up the game four minutes later, knocking in a pass from sophomore midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.). Shanahan scored the game-winner with 4:44 remaining in the game. After an initial attempt from McDonough was saved, Shanahan smashed a rebound off the goalie’s pads into the wide-open left side of the net.
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“We got better today, that’s for sure. That competition was just endline to endline. Louisville was on fire. We were on fire. We just kept exchanging momentums. Kudos to both teams. I thought it was a fantastic competition. At halftime, I told them to just keep doing it. Keep doing what they were doing and it was going to break. We were getting the shots. We were getting the opportunities. Stay alert and stay aggressive, and they did that.”
- This was the first career start for redshirt freshman goalie Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.). She played 21:29, making one save and allowing one goal
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) played 38:31 in goal to earn the victory. She made three saves
- Virginia held a 5-1 edge in shots in the fourth quarter and 8-3 in the second half
- Virginia had an 11-7 edge in shots, but Louisville held a 6-4 advantage in corners
- Redshirt freshman Lizzy Shim (Charlottesville, Va.) made her collegiate debut, coming in to play striker in the first quarter
- This was the Cavaliers’ fourth game this season against a top-10 opponent
- The game was scheduled to be played at 6 p.m. but was moved up to a 5 p.m. start because of the forecast of rain. It was mostly dry to start the game, but began raining down hard in the third quarter and continued through the end of the contest
- The Cavaliers close out their weekend road trip by heading up to play Miami (7-6) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio
- There will not be a live stream for Sunday’s game, but live stats will be available
- UVA’s next home game is Friday, Oct. 18 when it hosts No. 2 Duke at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on the ACC Network