Oct. 31, 2015
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Betsy Brandon (Littleton, Colo.) turned in her first multiple-goal game and the Cavaliers scored three goals in the final three minutes of the first half as No. 1 Virginia (15-1-1, 9-1-0 ACC) picked up a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh (10-7-1, 4-6-0 ACC) on Saturday night.
It was the 10th clean sheet of the season for the Cavaliers and seventh in conference play as Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) and Jessie Ferrari (Fairfax, Va.) combined in the shutout.
"It was a tough match and it didn't feel like a 6-0 match," said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. "Pittsburgh is athletic and they worked hard. We finished some goals tonight, which we haven't done in other games. At times we moved the ball well, but you have to credit them. It was a much harder game than a 6-0 game.
"It's been a long couple of weeks and we need to come back and recover. We haven't had a lot of time to train the last two weeks, so it's important for us to get back home, recover and train as we get ready to head into the ACC Tournament."
Virginia struck first off its fourth corner kick of the night in the 25th minute. Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C) sent the ball in where it was bounced around before Tina Iordanou (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) put a head on it and sent it toward the goal. The ball was deflected back to the feet of Brandon, who buried the shot.
Brandon found the net again just four minutes later, this time off a ball into the box by Iordanou. Iordanou took the ball along the end line just outside the six-yard box and sent it in to Brandon. The freshman settled and put the ball in goal from three yards out to give Virginia the 2-0 lead.
The lead went out to 3-0 in the 43rd minute when the Cavaliers took advantage of a turnover and countered. Ayan Adu (Ashburn, Va.) dribbled down the middle of the field before sending the ball head to Makenzy Doniak. Doniak then turned and dribbled past a defender and into the box before laying the ball of to Morgan Reuther (Chantilly, Va.) for the goal.
A minute later the Cavaliers added a fourth goal when Doniak scored unassisted to make it a 4-0 lead. Doniak then connected with Shaffer in the final minute of the half for the fifth goal of the night. Shaffer took the pass from Doniak 30 yards out and fired a shot into the upper right corner for the five-goal lead.
Virginia held an 11-to-8 advantage in shots at the half and a 6-to-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The lead moved out to 6-0 in the second half when Shaffer got her second goal of the night in the 61st minute. Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) took a ball down the far side of the field before sending the ball in to Shaffer in the box. Shaffer took two steps in toward the goal and fired the shot from 10 yards out to extend the lead.
The defense held the Panthers in check down the stretch as the Cavaliers picked up the shutout victory to close out the regular season.
Virginia will return to action on Friday, Nov. 6 when the Cavaliers open the ACC Tournament at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. Virginia is the top-seed in the tournament by virtue of winning the ACC regular season championship.
New Coaches Welcomed Into Cavaliers' FoldWomen's Rowing8/18/17Virginia's rowing team heads into 2017-18 with two new coaches: associate head coach Emily Ford and assistant Erin Neppel.Nelson Making Name for Himself in SecondaryFootball8/16/17Redshirt freshman Brenton Nelson, who was put on scholarship this month, is competing for a starting job in Virginia's nickel defense.DeSorbo Hits Ground Running at UVASwimming & Diving8/16/17After six seasons as NC State's associate head coach, Todd DeSorbo now oversees men's and women's swimming & diving at Virginia.
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.
No. 11 Virginia Blanks UNCW To Open Season
W. Soccer | 8/18/2017
Alissa Gorzak and Taryn Torres scored on Friday to lift No. 11 Virginia to a 2-0 victory at UNCW ...
No. 11 Virginia Opens 2017 Season At UNCW Friday
W. Soccer | 8/17/2017
The No. 11 Virginia women's soccer team opens the 2017 season on the road at UNCW Friday night at...
UVA - U18 US Youth National Team Exhibition Cancelled
W. Soccer | 8/12/2017
Sunday's exhibition match scheduled for 6 p.m. vs. the U18 U.S. Youth National Team has been...
Virginia Hosts U18 U.S. Youth National Team Sunday
W. Soccer | 8/11/2017
The No. 11 Virginia women’s soccer team will see its first action of the season at Klö...
Cavaliers Ranked No. 11 In First United Soccer Coaches Poll
W. Soccer | 8/4/2017
The Virginia women's soccer team is ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll released by the United...
Latsko Tabbed Preseason All-ACC By League Coaches
W. Soccer | 8/3/2017
Senior forward Veronica Latsko was named a preseason All-ACC selection on Thursday in a vote by...
Jeff White: Ziemer Ready to Assume Larger Role
W. Soccer | 08/02/2017
Of the Cavaliers' returning players, sophomore forward Taylor Ziemer had the second-most points (...
Jeff White: European Trip Strengthens Team's Bonds
W. Soccer | 06/14/2017
The Virginia women's soccer team recently returned from a trip abroad. The Cavaliers played two...
- Online Stores