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Sept. 16, 1997

UVa Women's Soccer Set for the First Coca-Cola Classic

THE COCA-COLA CLASSIC: The Cavaliers return home this weekend to play host to the first-ever Coca-Cola Women's Soccer Classic. Coca-Cola has sponsored a men's soccer tournament at UVa for the last 13 years, but 1997 marks the beginning of a new tradition with the first women's tournament. Along with the Cavaliers, the Classic will feature Kansas, Princeton and Virginia Commonwealth. Virginia will be facing both the Jayhawks and the Tigers for the first time this weekend. VCU, which will not play the Cavaliers, will make its second trip to Kloeckner Stadium, following a 5-0 loss to Virginia last September. The schedule for this weekend's games follows:

Sept. 19    Princeton vs. Virginia Commonwealth   5:00 p.m.
            Kansas    vs. No. 5 Virginia          7:00 p.m.
Sept. 20    Kansas    vs. Virginia Commonwealth   5:00 p.m.
            Princeton vs. No. 5 Virginia          7:00 p.m.

The PORTLAND Recap: Jennifer Rawlings scored the only goal as the Cavaliers upset third-ranked Portland 1-0 to claim the championship of the adidas / Lady Footlocker Classic. The game was scoreless until the 80th minute when Angela Hucles drove the left flank and crossed the ball deep into the penalty box. The pass slipped through the hands of Portland goalkeeper Angela Harrison before Rawlings knocked it into the net from five yards out. Cavalier goalkeeper Megan Boehm made four saves while recording her first shutout of the season, and Karem Esteva was named the tournament's Defensive MVP following the game. Virginia became only the third team to win at Portland since 1990, along with North Carolina and Notre Dame.

 Angela Hucles Photo
Forward Angela Hucles

The WASHINGTON Recap: Jill Maxwell scored as a pair of goal as Virginia posted a 4-2 win over Washington on the first day of the adidas / Lady Footlocker Classic in Portland, Ore. Washington's Jana Wilson opened the scoring off a feed from Katey Ward in the 18th minute, but Maxwell tied up the score at 1-1 when she put home a rebound off a shot by Angela Hucles at 27:36. In the second half, Katie Tracy gave the Cavaliers the lead in the 56th minute on a feed from Wendy Hartwig. Maxwell's second goal came just over three minutes later, assisted by Tracey Lache, before the Huskies' Theresa Wagner scored in the 75th minute to cut the UVa lead to 3-2. Hucles concluded the scoring with just under five minutes to play with an unassisted goal.

The Old Dominion Recap: The Cavaliers won their first home game of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Old Dominion at Kloeckner Stadium. The Monarchs grabbed an early lead, when Paula Beaudette knocked home a pass from Jennifer Gillespie in the fourth minute. Old Dominion held the 1-0 advantage until the 53:10 mark when Kelly McLaughlin headed in a Lindsay Ritter corner kick to tie up the score. Angela Hucles then scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, taking a pass from Jill Maxwell and scoring from 15 yards out in the right center. Cavalier goalkeeper Megan Boehm came off the bench to play a scoreless second half and make three saves, while Old Dominion's Sharon McLellan had nine saves. UVa outshot the Monarchs 28-5 on the evening.

FORWARDS CARRY THE SCORING LOAD: Junior forward Jill Maxwell and sophomore forward Angela Hucles have been the main offensive threats for the Cavaliers so far this season. Through five games, Hucles leads the team in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists, while Maxwell stands second with seven points on three goals and one assist. Together, the pair has combined for half of Virginia's 12 goals and nearly half of its seven assists. The two scored their goals at some key moments last week, with Hucles hitting the game winner against Old Dominion and Maxwell knocking in the game winner against Washington.


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