September 13, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Cavalier defense continued its strong play as the top-ranked Cavaliers defeated Appalachian State today 9-0. The Mountaineers did not get off a shot until midway through the second half of play after Virginia had mounted an 8-0 lead.
Senior All-American Michelle Vizzuso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) started the scoring for the Cavaliers just 2:43 into the contest as she blasted a shot into the corner of the cage from just inside the circle. She assisted on the second goal of the game as fellow senior All-American Meridith Thorpe (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs) connected on a penalty corner less than three minutes later. Laura Lindsay (Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) was also credited with an assist on the play. Vizzuso scored again less than two minutes later as she shot from just inside the circle to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead 7:07 into the contest.
Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) scored Virginias next goal on a great individual effort 17:30 into the half. Four minutes and thirty seconds later Liz Lopez (Bernville, Pa./Tulpehocken) scored the first of her two goals connected on a short angle shot from just inside the circle. The Cavaliers took a 6-0 lead into halftime after freshman Jessica Coleman (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) scored her first collegiate goal off a penalty corner with 67 seconds remaining in the half. She was assisted on the play by Julia Richardson (Chevy Chase, Md./Stone Ridge) and freshman Carrie Goodloe (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs). The assist is Goodloes first career point at the collegiate level.
The Goodloe and Richardson penalty corner tandem struck again in the second half as these two assisted senior Amy Broadwater (Elizabethtown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) 11:26 into the second half. Lopez scored again just 1:29 later on another unassisted goal to give the Cavaliers a 8-0 lead. Cavalier goalie Becky Worthington (Fairview Village, Pa./Methacton), who took over in the cage for starter Ellen Wiese (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), made a save halfway through the period to preserve the shutout. Wiese, who did not see any action in the first half thanks to the furious Cavalier defense, did not have to make a save as the Mountaineers did not get off a shot in the first half.
Virginias Natalie Crane (San Diego, Calif./Serra) closed out the scoring as she converted a Broadwater pass with just 3:43 remaining in the contest.
Virginia returns to action Wednesday as the Cavaliers face Richmond in Richmond. Game time against the Spiders is 4:00 pm. Virginia will face current #4 North Carolina (4-0) in Chapel Hill on Sunday at 1:00.
FINAL 1 2 - F (records)
Appalachian State 0 0 - 0 (0-4)
#1 Virginia 6 3 - 9 (5-0)
V: M. Vizzuso 2, Lopez 2, Thorpe , Crane, Broadwater, Coleman, Elwell
V: Goodloe 2, Richardson 2, M. Vizzuso, Lindsay, Thorpe
V: 24, ASU: 1
V: 20, ASU: 3
V:-1 (Wiese 0, Worthington 1); ASU: 5 (Dailey 5)