CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer team (5-0-0) posted its fourth consecutive shutout on Thursday (Sept. 1) as the Cavaliers used a pair of second-half goals to defeat James Madison (3-1-1) by a score of 2-0 at Klöckner Stadium.
47’ – UVA: Haley Hopkins (penalty kick)
84’ – UVA: Lia Godfrey (Maya Carter)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After controlling the first half, Virginia found the back of the net in the early moments of the second half off a penalty kick in the 47th minute. A handball on a cross set up the chance from the penalty spot and Haley Hopkins buried the chance to put the Cavaliers on the board.
Virginia would double the lead late with a strike from Lia Godfrey in the 84th minute. Maya Carter took a shot off the attack that was deflected to Godfrey who quickly pulled up and placed her shot up and to the right of the keeper for the score.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• Hopkins scored the opening goal of the game for UVA for the third consecutive match.
• Hopkins now has a team-leading five goals and has scored in three straight matches.
• Lia Godfrey scored for the second straight match with her strike in the 84th minute.
• Maya Carter’s assist on the Godfrey goal was her first of the season.
• Virginia is now 23-1-2 all-time against JMU and has won 11 consecutive matches in the series.
• The shutout was the fourth straight for the Cavaliers and second solo shutout of the season for Cayla White.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE SWANSON
“It was a good result. JMU is much improved and we feel good about the result, but the performance is a different story. There are a lot of things we can do better and have to do better. We’re going to concentrate on those things and look to improve because we have a good Memphis team coming in on Sunday. We have to be better for that one. There are lessons to be learned from this game and hopefully we learn those lessons.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia continues to play at home on Sunday (Sept. 4) when the Cavaliers host No. 23 Memphis in a 6 p.m. contest at Klöckner Stadium.