MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A seventh-minute header from Diana Ordoñez proved to be all the Cavaliers needed as No. 4 Virginia (2-0-0) went on the road and defeated No. 12 West Virginia (1-1-0) by a score of 1-0 on Sunday (Aug. 22) at Dick Dlesk Stadium.
It was the second clean sheet of the season for the Cavaliers who also shut out Richmond in the season-opener on Thursday. Virginia has now posted six consecutive shutouts dating back to last season.
Virginia struck first when Ordoñez headed one in off a cross from Samar Guidry in the seventh minute. The Cavaliers played a long ball over the top down the left side to Guidry who side-stepped her defender before serving the ball into the six for Ordoñez who finished with the header.
The Cavaliers had only two shots at half, both from Ordoñez, but held the one-goal lead thanks to the header in the seventh minute.
Each team would get two shots in the second half as each side stymied the other defensively down the stretch.
Virginia keeper Laurel Ivory made a pair of saves in the second half, collecting shots from range by the Mountaineers’ Julianne Vallerand in the 64th minute and Gabrielle Robinson in the 79th minute. Virginia’s two second-half shots came from Godfrey in the final 10 minutes, but both were saved by the West Virginia keeper.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• With the win, Virginia improves to 12-4-3 all-time against the Mountaineers. UVA is 4-3-1 in Morgantown.
• Diana Ordoñez notched her fourth career goal against West Virginia with her game-winning header.
• Virginia has not allowed a goal in 639:35 dating back to the NCAA opener vs. SIUE in the spring.
• The 639:35 minutes since the last goal is the fifth-longest shutout streak in program history.
• Laurel Ivory has now gone 618 minutes in goal since her last goal surrendered, the fourth longest streak in program history. Ivory also holds the second longest streak of 775:01 set in the 2019 season.
“I think playing this game this early was a really good test for both teams. It was a hard-fought game, which we expected. West Virginia is an excellent team. Through the first half we played extremely well, but the second half we were a little more inconsistent. I’m proud of the team, though, and the way they approached this game.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
The Cavaliers continue to play on the road with a midweek contest, traveling to face George Mason at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 26).