UNCW Falls At No. 8 Virginia Sunday
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter recorded a career-high 13 saves, but No. 8 Virginia scored twice in the second half to defeat UNCW, 2-0, in collegiate women's soccer action Sunday at Klöckner Stadium.
The Cavaliers improved to 3-1 on the young season as they recorded their third straight shutout victory. The Seahawks, who faced their third straight nationally-ranked opponent, moved to 0-2-1 on the campaign.
"What a tremendous environment for a college soccer game," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Virginia moves the ball very well and is dangerous on the attack. We weathered several good attacks and our whole team did a fantastic job defensively today. I am very proud of our team and their effort. Our kids are tough; they are fit and they never quit. They find ways to stay in the game and they showed that determination again today."
Following a scoreless first half, freshman Makenzy Doniak got Virginia on the board at the 55:37 mark as she converted a cross from junior Molly Menchel for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game moments after the Doniak tally, but freshman Morgan Leyble found the post with her shot attempt in the 63rd minute.
"Down 1-0, we hit the post on a great shot by (Morgan) Leyble," said Cairney. "If that goes in, we are right back in the game."
Sophomore Danielle Colaprico doubled the Cavaliers advantage to 2-0 in the 72nd minute as she buried a blast from the top of the box for her second goal of the campaign.
The Cavaliers enjoyed a 27-2 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 15-1 edge in the second half. Junior Danielle DeLisle and sophomore Churchill O'Connell combined to record the shutout for Virginia as they combined to make one save.
Both teams return to action Aug. 31. UNCW opens the home portion of its 2012 schedule with a 7 p.m. contest against state rival Charlotte at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Virginia, meanwhile, heads to the Lone Star State for an 8:30 matchup with host Texas in the Longhorn Invitational."We must put this game behind us and now turn our focus this week to a very good Charlotte team," said Cairney.