CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Diana Ordoñez notched her third multiple-goal game of the season with a brace on Thursday (Sept. 9), but it wasn’t enough to propel the Cavaliers to victory as No. 3 Virginia (6-1-0) fell to No. 14 Penn State (5-1-0) 4-2 at Klöckner Stadium.
It was the first loss of the season for the Cavaliers who trailed for the first time this season and battled back twice, but couldn’t overtake the visiting Penn State side.
25’ – PSU: Sam Coffey (Payton Linnehan)
27’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Lia Godfrey)
39’ – PSU: Payton Linnehan
40’ – PSU: Ally Schlegel (Sam Coffey)
58’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Lia Godfrey, Alexa Spaanstra)
62’ – PSU: Virginia Own Goal
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the score tied 1-1 following a Diana Ordoñez equalizer in the 27th minute, Penn State struck twice in a two-minute span late in the first half to take a 3-1 lead on the Cavaliers. Payton Linnehan notched an unassisted goal in the 39th minute as she intercepted a back pass at the top of the Virginia box before Ally Schlegel would score off a corner in the 40th minute to give Penn State the 3-1 lead.
Virginia would cut the lead to one with a second goal from Ordoñez in the 58th minute, but an own goal by the Cavaliers in the 62nd minute pushed Penn State back in front 4-2.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Penn State moves ahead in the all-time series 8-7-1 with the win.
• Virginia had won five straight in the series heading into Thursday night’s contest.
• The brace by Diana Ordoñez was the ninth multiple-goal game of her career.
• The four goals allowed was only the third time since 2013 that UVA surrendered four goals in a game.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It’s a tough loss. There’s a lot we can learn from this. Penn State played really well. They created some chances off their transition and worked very hard. Full marks to them. Sometimes if you go a step backwards, you can gain steps forward. If we can learn from this game and put it to good use down the road, hopefully that will be how we can get something positive out of this.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia returns to action on Sunday (Sept. 12) when the Cavalieres host Oklahoma (3-3-1) in a noon contest at Klöckner Stadium on ACCNX.