No. 3 Virginia shuts out Tech 2-0
    Redmond's two assists lead Cavaliers to victory
    October 18, 2007

    Box Score #3 Virginia - 2, Virginia Tech - 0
     
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 3 nationally ranked Virginia Cavaliers used two assists from Jen Redmond and a strong performance from goalkeeper Chantel Jones Thursday night to shut out the Virginia Tech women's soccer team, 2-0, in front of a Klockner Stadium women's soccer attendance record of 2,011 fans.

    The loss drops the Hokies to 5-6-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the ACC, while Virginia improves to 10-1-4 on the year with a 4-0-3 conference record. UVa remains the only team in the league without a loss, while Tech stays tied for eighth with five points since North Carolina earlier in the night defeated Boston College, 1-0, in overtime.

    "I thought it was an awesome night of soccer for sure," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "I told our kids this is what you play for. Virginia absolutely deserved to win this game. I think they're one of the better teams we've seen all year long in terms of the way they hold the ball and attack. They're going to go far in the tournament."

    "I was really proud of our kids because I thought the first half, there were two different segments that we got some really good minutes at just keeping the ball and moving the ball around, but I don't think we did a good enough job of that in the second half," Cagle added.

    The Cavaliers, who now lead the series 8-0, came out strong from the beginning, controlling the ball on Tech's side for a majority of the half, but the Hokies' defense created a wall early on to keep the crossing passes out of the box.

    However, Tech made its job more difficult against the ranked team by committing nine fouls, giving the Cavs several free shots attempts outside the Hokies' goal box.

    In the 12th minute Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) made a great save going to the ground to prevent a strong header from the Cavs' Julia Falk off a free kick from going in for the score.

    UVa attempted two more shots before finally breaking through in the 35th minute when on a fast break, Redmond made a short pass past a defender to Sinead Farelly who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper Owens, who had come out to try to stop the shot.

    In the 42nd minute, Ashley Kinser (Johnson City, Tenn.) had the best attempt of the first half, receiving a pass from 18 yards out and then making a juke around a defender before taking a hard shot at the goal, but UVa's Jones was in perfect position to make the save.

    The half ended with the Cavs holding a 6-2 lead in shots and Owens posting three saves for the Hokies.

    In the second, Virginia came out attacking again, attempting six shots in the first 10 minutes, but Tech did not break, keeping the game at 1-0. The Hokies had their opportunities too, especially in the first minute when Emily Jukich (Clifton, Va.) had the ball in the box with an open look, but she was unable to get a shot off.

    The Cavaliers got an insurance goal in the 80th minute when Nikki Krzysik headed in a free kick from Jen Redmond outside the box for the 2-0 victory.

    Virginia finished with a 15-6 edge in shots, while Tech had four saves compared to UVa's three.

    "I thought we defended well in numbers," Cagle said. "It's the type of defending that you're going to have to do against a team that is as mobile and dynamic as Virginia is when it comes to moving the ball. I thought we were in the game until the second goal ended the game."

    Cagle though was disappointed with the offense and the Hokies' inability to tie the game before Virginia pulled away.

    "I think we definitely need to get more sophisticated in our attack, first in our organization and in our individual decision making," Cagle said. "I don't think our attacking players created enough. I thought we had a good bit of possession at times during the game, but they came out to nothing. Some of our most dynamic players couldn't get passes or shots on goal. At the end of the day, there's some personal responsibility for not taking those chances."

    The Hokies will now focus their attention on No. 8 North Carolina, who visit Blacksburg for the third time since Tech joined the ACC in 2004. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. on Sunday, and fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive one of the 150 free VT knit hat giveaways as part of Kids Day, which will also feature a 3-in-1 inflatable moonbounce obstacle course.

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