RALEIGH, N.C. – A goal from Talia Staude in the 90th minute lifted the Cavaliers to victory on Sunday (Sept. 26) as No. 7 Virginia (10-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) defeated NC State (4-5-2, 0-3-0 ACC) by a score of 2-1 at the Dail Soccer Stadium.

It was the third straight win to open ACC play for the Cavaliers who have also defeated Wake Forest and No. 2 Duke.

9’ – UVA: Sydney Zandi (Haley Hopkins)
40’ – NC State: Denae Antoine (Mia Vaughn)
90’ – UVA: Talia Staude (Alexis Theoret, Diana Ordoñez)

A corner kick by Alexis Theoret in the final 90 seconds was served to the back post where Diana Ordoñez’s header hit the crossbar. The ball deflected back down and bounced up in front of the goal where Staude headed it in to put Virginia on top in the 90th minute of play.

Sydney Zandi put the Cavaliers on top with her goal in the ninth minute off a Haley Hopkins assist, but the Wolfpack would hit the equalizer in the 40th minute to leave the game knotted 1-1 at the half.

• Talia Staude hit her second career goal with the game-winner in the 90th minute.
• It’s the first game winner in the 90th minute for UVA since Brianna Westrup against Bucknell (8/26/18).
• Cayla White improved to 6-0-0 in her career after making the start in goal. She is 2-0-0 this season.
• Sydney Zandi scored the first goal of the day for Virginia – her first goal of the season.
• Diana Ordoñez’s assist on the Staude goal gives her a game-winning goal and game-winning assist in the last two games (vs. No. 2 Duke, at NC State). It was her first assist of the season.
• Alexis Theoret’s assist on the Staude goal gives her an assist on both game-winning goals this week (vs. No. 2 Duke, at NC State).
• With the win, Virginia improved to 28-12-3 all-time against the Wolfpack.
• The win was the first at NC State for UVA since 2015 as the previous two road meetings (2017, 2019) were draws.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game and it was. I thought we played very well in the first half and credit their goalkeeper for making some great saves. In the second half we lost our way a bit, but had enough to pull out the win. I’m super proud of the team and effort, especially given the game on Thursday (against No. 2 Duke). We have some time now to get rested and, more importantly, work on some things in training before our next match.”

Virginia will continue to play on the road next weekend when the Cavaliers travel to face No. 4 North Carolina in a 1 p.m. contest on ACC Network.