CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia field hockey team (1-1, 1-0 ACC) opened Atlantic Coast Conference action with a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest (1-2, 0-1 ACC) on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) broke open a scoreless tie by knocking in a pass from sophomore midfielder Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) with 3:10 remaining in regulation.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cavaliers outshot the Demon Deacons 6-2 in the first half, but neither team could find the net. Virginia had a good scoring chance early in the fourth quarter when a penalty corner yielded a pair of shots, but neither hit the mark. Virginia took two more shots, including attempts by senior striker Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa.) and Iacobucci, but still couldn’t break through. With just over three minutes left in regulation, Iacobucci got the ball at the top of the circle and sent a hard pass in to Janssen who smashed a shot past the keeper into the left corner of the net.
Wake Forest had a chance to tie the game, earning a penalty corner with just over a minute left, but the attempt by Anne van Hoof was high. The Demon Deacons were awarded another penalty corner with four seconds left on the clock. UVA blocked the shot, but had another penalty corner called. With no time left on the clock, the Deacons final shot sailed wide and out of play to end the game.
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“We found a way to dig deep. Playing back to back games is tough, especially against a good Wake Forest team. Just because you’re physically tired, doesn’t mean your brain is tired, and you need to use your brain more when you’re tired, so we tried to let the wall do the work and just play a simple game. Our strategy was to try to use as many people as possible to share the load, possess the ball and take the opportunity to go forward when we could.
The biggest difference between yesterday’s game and today’s game was the ability to keep them trapped to the side once we got it to the ball where yesterday and we were not very good at that.”
- Saturday’s game between the two teams was considered a non-conference game. Today’s game counts in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings
- Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.) picked up her first career win. She had three saves, facing 10 shots
- Freshman Gery Schnarrs (Camp Hills, Pa.) made her collegiate debut. All eight first years appeared in at least one of the games this weekend
- Freshman Meghen Hengerer (Bedminster, Pa.) was in the starting lineup today, standing alongside her twin sister Lilly Hengerer (Bedminster, Pa.), who also started Saturday’s game
- Adele Iacobucci scored Virginia’s goal in Saturday game, giving her three points this weekend (one goal, one assist)
- Virginia continues its current homestand, hosting Syracuse next Friday (Oct. 2) and Sunday (Oct. 4)
- Friday’s game is an ACC contest and will be televised on the ACC Network. It begins at 3 p.m.