CORAL GABLES, Fla. -
The No. 9 Virginia women's soccer team opened its three-game road trip with a 3-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night at Cobb Stadium. Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) scored twice and Kate Norbo (Roanoke, Va.) added a goal as the Cavaliers improved to 11-3-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes fell to 7-6-2 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
"It was extremely important to start this road trip with a good result," said head coach Steve Swanson. "To come down here, which is a very difficult place to play, and get three points was huge. I thought we did a good job of scoring early and managing the game. We didn't get that many chances, but they were quality chances that we were able to finish them tonight. That is something we can build on and hopefully carry into our next game."
Virginia dominated possession in the early part of the game and it paid off with the night's first goal in the 20th minute. Miller received a ball near the top of the box, made several moves to create space before hiring a shot into the far upper corner for her eighth goal of the season. The Cavaliers doubled their advantage in the 39th minute. Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) threaded a through-ball that Norbo got to and slotted home her fourth goal of the season. Virginia held that 2-0 advantage at the break.
The Cavaliers struck again early in the second half on Miller's second goal of the night. Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) worked her way down the left side, dribbling through several defenders, before serving a cross that Miller one-timed into the net for her ninth goal of the season.
It was Miller's ninth career multi-goal game and her third this season. Six of those nine multi-goal performances have come against ACC competition. She also moved into a seventh place tie on Virginia's career goal list with 34, matching Gayle Smith (1986-89).
Virginia outshot Miami 13-9 and had a 4-3 corner-kick advantage. Danielle DeLisle (Baltimore, Md.) made three saves in goal for Virginia to post her fourth shutout of the year. Emily Lillard made six saves at the other end for the Hurricanes.
The Cavaliers continue their three-game road trip on Sunday as they visit top-ranked Florida State. Game time at the Seminole Soccer Complex is 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.