CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1 seeded Virginia women’s soccer team (18-2-2) continued to advance in NCAA Tournament play on Thursday (Nov. 18), using a brace from Diana Ordoñez to down Milwaukee (19-2-0) in a second-round matchup at Klöckner Stadium.
26’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Samar Guidry)
83’ – UVA: Diana Ordoñez (Alexa Spaanstra)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cavaliers got goals from Ordoñez in each half to pick up the victory. Ordoñez struck first in the 26th minute when Samar Guidry lifted a ball to the back post for an Ordoñez header. The junior forward slipped it in under the crossbar to put Virginia on the board.
Ordoñez struck again in the 83rd minute, this time off a pass from Alexa Spaanstra. Emma Dawson played a ball ahead to Spaanstra down the right side and Spaanstra attacked the end line, dancing through defenders into the six before slipping a ball ahead to Ordoñez who slid it in for the one-touch redirect to score.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Virginia improved to 2-0-0 all-time against Milwaukee with the win on Thursday night.
• The Cavaliers advance to the Round of 16 for the second straight season and 16th time in the last 17 seasons.
• Diana Ordoñez has 18 goals on the season, tying Angela Hucles’ 1997 mark for third most in a season at UVA.
• Her goal also gave her 45 for her career, tying Caroline Miller (2009-12) for third all-time at Virginia.
• Alexa Spaanstra tallied her 29th career assist to take sole possession of seventh all-time at UVA.
• Laurel Ivory earned her 68th career win to move within one of the UVA record set by Morgan Stearns (2013-16).
• Ivory also picked up her 42nd shutout of her career after making saves on both shots on goal from the Panthers.
• The win sets up a rematch with BYU from last season’s meeting in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was a good win for us tonight. Milwaukee is a good team, especially the way they compete and the way they were organized defensively. They were not easy to break down. I thought the goals we did get were quality, though. We are happy to be moving on.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will return to action on Saturday night when the Cavaliers take on fourth-seeded BYU (15-4-1) in a 7 p.m. contest at Klöckner Stadium.