Sept. 16, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The No. 5 Virginia women's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 2-2 draw with No. 6 North Carolina on Sunday in front of a season-high 1,603 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers go to 8-1-1 overall (1-0-1 ACC) with the result, while the Tar Heels (4-2-2, 0-1-1 ACC) are winless through two games of conference play for the first time in history.
Senior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored both Cavalier goals and posted her second consecutive multi-goal game. Her eighth career multi-goal performance offset Carolina's Kealia Ohai, who had both UNC goals.
"When you look at the game and the chances we had and the ones we gave up, a tie is probably a just result," said head coach Steve Swanson. "I think later in the year, this result will look pretty good. Right now it doesn't feel good because it's not what we wanted, especially after having the lead in the second half. But given the way the game went, I think we can both take a point from this game and look to build on it."
There were few chances in the first half as the teams combined for just eight shots, four for each side. The Tar Heels took advantage of a late chance to take the lead with 56 remaining before halftime. Ohai stayed just onside as Reilly Parker found her with a through ball and she scored on the ensuing breakaway.
The Cavaliers opened the second half strong and drew even in the 49th minute. Miller received a pass from Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) and got in behind the Tar Heel defense. She gathered the ball at the penalty spot and slotted home her sixth goal of the season.
Miller struck again six minutes later to give Virginia a 2-1 lead. Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), playing in her first game of the season after international duty at the U-20 World Cup, sent a ball over the top of the UNC defense. Miller beat the charging keeper to the pass and one-timed a chip past the goalie and in for her seventh goal of the season.
"I felt that we came out of halftime ready to go and maybe caught them in a lull," said Miller, who cracked the top 10 of Virginia's career-goal list with her 31st and 32nd tallies. "We opened up some space and I had two great balls played to me. I was happy to be able to bury those chances."
North Carolina answered in the 73rd minute on Ohai's second of the day. Ohai, who scored the goal for Swanson's United States squad in the 1-0 victory over Germany in last week's U-20 World Cup final, got in behind the Cavalier defense, beat a defender to a loose ball in the box and poked in the goal to bring the Tar Heels level.
The game remained tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes and Virginia headed to overtime for the first time this season. It marked the fifth time in the last seven meetings between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels that went to overtime. Both sides created few chances in extra time and the game resulted in the 2-2 draw.
"We did a great job early in the second half and went up 2-1," said Swanson. "We were in good position and we just didn't handle their pressure very well. Give Carolina credit, that is what they do well. We just turned it over too easily at times and that led to their second goal. We knew how good Ohai is, working with her the past year (with the U-20s), and we needed to do a better job of covering her. We can take a lot from this game, learn from it, and improve as we move forward."
The Tar Heels outshot the Cavaliers 16-11, marking the first time Virginia had been outshot this season. North Carolina also had an 8-2 corner kick edge. Danielle DeLisle (Baltimore, Md.) made four saves in goal for Virginia while Anna Sieloff (one save) and Bryane Heaberlin (three saves) split time in the Carolina goal.
The Cavaliers will be off for a week before returning to action next Sunday as they visit Clemson. Game time at Historic Riggs Field is 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.
#5 Virginia 2, #6 North Carolina 2 (2OT)
#6 North Carolina (4-2-2, 0-1-1) 1 1 0 0 - 2
#5 Virginia (8-1-1, 1-0-1) 0 2 0 0 - 2
Shots: UVa 11, UNC 16
Corners: UVa 2, UNC 8
Saves: UVa 4 (Danielle DeLisle 4), UNC 4 (Anna Sieloff 1, Bryane Heaberlin 3)
Fouls: UVa 8, UNC 18
Even-Keeled Cavaliers Ready for RematchMen's Basketball2/9/16At 8 p.m. Tuesday, No. 7 Virginia meets ACC rival Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena. The Hokies upset the Cavaliers last month in Blacksburg.Short-Handed Cavaliers' Struggles ContinueWomen's Basketball2/8/16Since losing All-ACC guard Faith Randolph, the Virginia women's basketball team has lost six of eight games. UVA hosts Syracuse on Thursday night.Selflessness Fuels Cavaliers' Latest TriumphMen's Basketball2/6/16Ninth-ranked Virginia totaled 17 assists in its 64-50 win over ACC rival Pittsburgh at the sold-out Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Cavaliers Advance In NCAA Tournament With 7-1 Win Over Howard
W. Soccer | 11/13/2015
Makenzy Doniak and Veronica Latsko both scored two goals as No. 1 Virginia picked up a 7-1 win...
No. 1 Virginia Opens NCAA Tournament Play Friday
W. Soccer | 11/12/2015
The top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers host SWAC Champion Howard in first-round...
Jeff White: Unsung McNabb Provides Calming Presence
W. Soccer | 11/11/2015
Redshirt junior Kristen McNabb is a two-year starter at left center back for Virginia, which...
Sonnett Named ESPNW National Player Of The Year
W. Soccer | 11/11/2015
Senior defender Emily Sonnett has been named the ESPNW National Player of the Year, the media...
No. 1 Seed Virginia Hosts Howard In NCAA First Round Friday
W. Soccer | 11/9/2015
Virginia earned a No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will host Howard in first-round...
No. 1 Virginia Falls In ACC Championship Shootout To Florida...
W. Soccer | 11/8/2015
Makenzy Doniak set the school record for goals in a 2-2 draw with Florida State as Virginia fell ...
No. 1 Virginia Defeats No. 6 Clemson 5-0 In ACC Semifinals
W. Soccer | 11/06/2015
Kristen McNabb scored two of Virginia's five second-half goals to help push the Cavaliers to a 5-...
No. 1 Virginia Opens ACC Championship Against Clemson Friday
W. Soccer | 11/06/2015
Top-ranked Virginia enters the ACC Championships as the top seed and will face fourth-seeded...
- Online Stores