CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 2 Virginia women’s soccer team (15-1-1, 8-0-1 ACC) used six first-half goals to power to a 6-1 victory over Miami (4-11-0, 1-8-0 ACC) at Klöckner Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 24) and lock up at least a share of the ACC regular-season title.
It was senior day for the Cavaliers with six players recognized prior to the game – defender Lizzy Sieracki, goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, midfielders Lauren Hinton, Taryn Torres and Sydney Zandi, and forward Diana Ordoñez.
2’ – UVA: Haley Hopkins (Alexa Spaanstra, Diana Ordoñez)
11’ – UVA: Alexa Spaanstra (Haley Hopkins)
13’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez
21’ – UVA: Haley Hopkins (Lia Godfrey)
22’ – UVA: Taryn Torres
28’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez
30’ – UM: Katarina Molina (Jackie Koerwitz)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia raced out of the gates, getting on the board in the second minute for the second straight game. Haley Hopkins started a barrage of goals for the Cavaliers as Virginia’s trio of forwards put together a nice combination play with Diana Ordoñez finding Alexa Spaanstra in the box for a tap over to Hopkins for the goal.
The Hoos would add five more goals in the first 28 minutes of play, including braces from Hopkins and Ordoñez, while Taryn Torres and Alexa Spaanstra also added goals.
Miami would get its goal in the 30th when Jackie Koerwitz played one ahead down the left wing to Katarina Molina. Molina used one touch along the endline to sidestep a defender and put the angled shot in for the goal.
The 6-1 score at the break would hold for the duration.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• With the win, Virginia improved to 14-2-1 all-time against the Hurricanes and 10-0-0 in games at Klöckner.
• Virginia also locked up a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament by virtue of the victory on Sunday.
• Diana Ordoñez now has 40 career goals – one shy of tying Morgan Brian for fifth all-time at UVA.
• Ordoñez also has 92 points for her career, putting her eighth all-time at UVA in career points.
• UVA scored at least five goals in a half for the second time in the last four games. The last being at Syracuse (10/10/21) when Virginia scored five second-half goals.
• Lia Godfrey tallied her 12th assist of the year, tying for eighth most in a single season.
• Haley Hopkins tallied five points in the game – the second time in the last four games she’s hit that mark.
• Laurel Ivory picked up her 65th career win and is four shy of tying the school record held by Morgan Stearns.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was a good performance. We started the game very well and moved the ball well. We scored some good goals. It was nice to see us get up early in that game; it’s something we didn’t do on Thursday and we talked about that a lot. I’m proud of our seniors. It was a great day for them. Having all the fans come out today was a real tribute to all those players who have contributed so much over their time here.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will close out the regular season on Thursday (Oct. 28) when the Cavaliers travel to face No. 1 Florida State. The Hoos and Seminoles will face off at 7 p.m. on ACC Network.