CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team’s 2011 season came to an end after falling to the Virginia Cavaliers, 4-0, Sunday afternoon in the Sweet 16 at Klockner Stadium. This is the second year the Hokies have gone this far in the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, Tech fell to Portland 4-1.
The Hokies finished the season 14-8-1, while the Cavaliers improved to 17-4-2 overall and will join three other ACC teams in the Elite 8. Florida State, Wake Forest and Duke all advanced today. Tech fought hard for the full 90 minutes of play but could not recover the first half deficit.
“It was a tough game for us today,” commented first-year head coach Chugger Adair. “Virginia was very solid from the start and is a very good team. We started strong and just got wore out a bit.”
Minutes later, the Cavaliers started attacking hard notching all three goals in three minutes. Lauren Alwine tapped in a loose ball in the box at the 27:08 mark. Nearly two minutes later, Julia Roberts took a free kick from 25 yards out that deflected off the Hokie wall and soared high in the goal’s far corner at 29:07.
In the 30th minute, Morgan Brian connected on the last goal of the half from 10 yards out off a Molly Menchel cross.
This is the first time since Aug. 27, 2010 that the Hokies allowed three goals in the first half. Texas A&M topped Tech 5-3 in an early regular season match.
The Cavaliers outshot the Hokies 12-2 and out-cornered Tech 3-1 in the half. Despite allowing three goals, Dayle Colpitts recorded three saves. In goal for Virginia, Chantel Jones stopped two.
“We knew we would not see a lot of the ball and had to defend well,” noted Adair. “And we were just a bit unlucky. We tried to make a few adjustments and the goals were a bit unfortunate. They were more of scrappy goals and deflections. 3-0 at the half is a very difficult hill to climb up.”
The second half was very aggressive the whole 45 minutes. Tech committed seven fouls and one yellow card, while Virginia committed six fouls and two yellows. The Cavaliers Brian recorded her second goal of the game in the 72nd minute off a cross 10 yards out.
“We were chasing the game at that point, the injuries in the first half changed the game for sure,” commented Adair. “The experience on the back line that went out, it wasn’t just one injury it was two out of our four and caused a disruption there. That rarely happens, seeing two defenders go down and that’s when they got their three goals. It was difficult from there.”
Virginia closed out the game 4-0, outshooting the Hokies 22-4 and out-cornered Tech 6-3. Brian and Caroline Miller led both teams with five shots apiece. Jones recorded the win for the Cavaliers making two saves. Colpitts recorded the loss for the Hokies closing out the season with a 9-7-1 record and made four saves on the day.
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