CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia field hockey team picked up its third-straight shutout victory with a 2-0 win against Miami (Ohio) on Friday (Sept. 10) at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.

Freshman forward Taryn Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal and assisted on Virginia’s second goal. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Kennedy picked up the victory and the shutout in her first collegiate start.

Virginia improved to 4-1 on the season while Miami fell to 1-5.


Taryn Tkachuk got the Cavaliers on the board midway through the second period, converting a penalty stroke with 7:24 remaining in the first half. In the third quarter, she sent a pass soaring through the air across the goal line to the opposite post where senior striker Peyton Tollaksen stuck the ball into the net to make it 2-0 in the final 45 seconds of the period.

Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Kennedy played the entire game in goal, making two saves.


  • Freshman back Emily Field also made her first career start
  • Taryn Tkachuk is 2-of-3 on penalty strokes this season, all of which have come in the last three games
  • Peyton Tollaksen’s goal was her team-leading fourth of the season
  • Virginia held a 17-8 advantage in shots
  • Only four of UVA’s shots were on goal
  • Virginia held a 7-3 edge in corners
  • This is Virginia’s third consecutive shut out after picking up a 5-0 win at William & Mary and a 3-0 victory against Towson last weekend


“The game presented its challenges, internally and against a very feisty Miami team that gets a lot of touches on the ball. We almost fell into that chaotic mode in the second quarter. At halftime the team talked about it. Just because they’re chaotic does mean we have to be chaotic, so just keep possession of the ball. I thought once we secured possession after a ball win, it settled down a bit, we’re able to spread them out more.”


  • Virginia opens conference play on Friday, Sept. 17 at No. 6 Louisville


Highlights from the 2-0 victory against Miami