Oct. 21, 1997
Women's Soccer Plays at Clemson and Furman
THE ROAD AHEAD: The Cavaliers (12-1-2 overall, 3-1-0 ACC) will play their final two road games of the regular season this week, as they head to the state of South Carolina for a pair of games. Virginia play at Clemson on Friday, Oct. 24, in a key Atlantic Coast Conference game at 7:00 p.m. The Cavaliers will then head to Greenville, S.C. to take on Furman on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 p.m. Following that game, Virginia returns home to face Maryland and North Carolina in its final two regular season games next week.
THE SERIES RECORDS: Virginia leads the all-time series with Clemson 2-1-0. The Tigers won last year at Kloeckner Stadium by a score of 2-1. The Cavaliers posted a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in 1994, while winning 2-1 in 1995. The teams have played only once at Riggs Field, with UVa winning the '95 game 2-1. The Cavaliers will be facing Furman for the first time ever.
THE FLORIDA STATE RECAP: Tania Jovanovic headed in a cross by Wendy Hartwig with less than five minutes to play, giving the Cavaliers a 2-1 victory over Florida State at Kloeckner Stadium. The play began when Jennifer Rawlings took a free kick from 30 yards out above the right side of the penalty box and played the ball to Hartwig in the right corner. Hartwig then crossed it to Jovanovic, who headed it in from four yards out. The Cavaliers had opened the scoring at the 47:10 mark, when Katie Kiladis volleyed in a cross by Liz Botta from six yards away. The Seminoles had tied up the game at the 61:24 mark on a penalty kick by Jill Ford, after Danielle Foard was fouled in the box.
THE LOYOLA RECAP: Jennifer Rawlings had a goal and an assist as the sixth-ranked Cavaliers posted a 2-1 win over Loyola (Md.) at Kloeckner Stadium. Rawlings opened the scoring at the 32:51 mark on a penalty kick, after Tania Jovanovic was fouled in the penalty box. UVa increased the lead to 2-0 midway through the second half when Katie Tracy headed in a Rawlings' corner kick from four yards out. Loyola cut the lead to 2-1 at 78:48, when Maureen Hoyt took a pass from Jamie DeSoto and scored from 22 yards away at the top right side of the box. The Greyhounds had two good scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, but Brit Swenberg made a pair of saves to preserve the win.
UNLIKELY HEROES PROPEL UVA OVER FLORIDA STATE: In the 2-1 victory over Florida State, two Cavaliers scored their first goals of the season. Senior forward Katie Kiladis hit the first goal for UVa, while senior forward Tania Jovanovic put in the game winning-goal. Kiladis' goal is her first since Sept. 14, 1996, when she put in UVa's final goal in a 6-1 victory over Villanova. Jovanovic's goal is her first since her freshman season, as she last scored against Clemson on Oct. 9, 1994. Kiladis now has career totals of nine goals and six assists for 24 points, while Jovanovic has four goals and 16 assists for 24 points.
CAVALIERS IN THE RANKINGS: Once again this season, Virginia is among the top ranked teams in the nation. Heading into the game with Loyola (Md.), UVa stands sixth in the Soccer America poll, while being ranked No. 5 by the NSCAA, No. 8 by Soccer News and No. 4 by Soccer Buzz. On the year, the Cavaliers have been ranked lower than ninth only once (coming in 11th in the NSCAA preseason poll).
BALANCING THE LOAD: Although Angela Hucles has scored more than one third of the Cavaliers' goals this season, the scoring attack has been much more balanced over the last few weeks. Beginning with the William & Mary game on Oct. 1, seven different players have scored, with no player netting more than two goals. During that time, Kelly McLaughlin, Tracey Lache and Katie Tracy have all score twice, while Hucles, Jennifer Rawlings, Katie Kiladis and Tania Jovanovic have one goal each.