Aug 25, 2013
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The No. 7 Virginia women's soccer team posted its first ranked victory of the season with a 4-0 win over No. 9 Santa Clara on Sunday. With the victory, the Cavaliers won the Klöckner Classic, a tournament that featured three of the top 10 teams in the nation.
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) scored twice to record her first career multi-goal game for the Cavaliers. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island Ga.) and sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) each had a goal and an assist as Virginia found the back of the net four times for the second straight game.
"I was really happy with our mentality today," said head coach Steve Swanson. "After the Friday game, sometimes it is tough to get ready to come back again on Sunday. I thought our team played really hard and played some very attractive soccer. We had a few chances to go up 2-0 in the first half and it is always scary to let a team as good as Santa Clara stay in the game, but our second half was even better. We played with a great intensity for the whole 90 minutes."
Virginia (2-0) completely dominated the first half, outshooting the Broncos (0-2) 10-0, and took a 1-0 lead into intermission. The goal came in the 32nd minute as a Doniak cross found Ratcliffe alone at the far post and she tapped it in to give the Cavaliers the lead.
The UVa advantage was doubled in the 52nd minute as Doniak was on a breakaway when she was tripped by Santa Clara goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski. She converted the ensuing penalty kick for her first goal of the season. Brian made the score 3-0 in the 61st minute when she collected a ball near the top of the box and fired a low shot inside the near post for her first goal of the season. Ratcliffe closed out the scoring in the 79th minute as she scored on a breakaway after a through-ball from Brian. It was Ratcliffe's third goal of the season.
The final goal also gave Virginia the Klöckner Classic title, surpassing top-ranked North Carolina, who also defeated both Santa Clara and VCU on the weekend. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels tied with a +6 goal differential on the weekend, but Virginia won the title on total goals scored (8 to 6).
With a goal and three assists on the weekend, Brian was named the Klöckner Classic MVP. Joining Brian on the All-Tournament Team for the Cavaliers were Ratcliffe, senior midfielder Annie Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) and sophomore defender Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.).
Overall Virginia outshot Santa Clara 18-3 and had a 6-1 corner kick advantage. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) made her collegiate debut and made one save to post her first shutout. Tostanoski made five saves for the Broncos.
The Cavaliers will continue their homestand on Friday with a showdown with No. 2 Penn State. Game time is 5:30 p.m., and is the first game of a Virginia soccer doubleheader. The Cavalier men's team will host Louisville in its season opener at 8 p.m.
"Penn State has always been a difficult opponent for us," said Swanson. "We have always had good games with them and don't expect anything different this time. It is good to have a couple of games under our belt and we have some momentum from this weekend. It is still early in the season and there are areas where we need to improve, but Penn State will be another good test to see where we are as a team."
#7 VIRGINIA 4, #9 SANTA CLARA 0
#9 Santa Clara (0-2) 0 0 - 0
#7 Virginia (2-0) 1 3 - 4
1. UVa. Brittany Ratcliffe 2 (Makenzy Doniak 1, Kate Norbo 1) 32'
2. UVa. Makenzy Doniak 1 (penalty kick) 52'
3. UVa. Morgan Brian 1 (unassisted) 61'
4. UVa. Brittany Ratcliffe 3 (Morgan Brian 3) 79'
Shots: UVa 18, SCU 3
SOG: UVa 9, SCU 1
Corners: UVa 6, SCU 1
Saves: UVa 1 (Stearns 1), SCU 5 (Tostanoski 5, Mettler 0)
Fouls: UVa 1, SCU 17
Klöckner Classic All-Tournament Team
Morgan Brian (Virginia) - MVP
Brittany Ratcliffe (Virginia)
Annie Steinlage (Virginia)
Emily Sonnett (Virginia)
Caitlin Ball (UNC)
Crystal Dunn (UNC)
Kelly McFarlane (UNC)
Kealia Ohai (UNC)
Casey Boyer (VCU)
Emma Kruse (VCU)
Julie Johnston (Santa Clara)
Allie Vernon (Santa Clara)