Oct. 15, 1997

Virginia Women's Soccer Downs Loyola, 2-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior midfielder Jennifer Rawlings (Fayetteville, Ga.) scored a goal and an assist as the sixth-ranked University of Virginia women's soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) at Kloeckner Stadium. The Cavaliers outshot the Greyhounds 12-3 in the game, while holding a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Virginia improves to 11-1-2 on the year with the victory, while Loyola falls to 9-4-2.

The Cavaliers opened the scoring at the 32:51 mark on a goal by Rawlings. Senior forward Tania Jovanovic (Colesville, Md.) was fouled in the penalty box to give Virginia a penalty shot, which Rawlings put into the upper left corner. UVa increased the lead to 2-0 midway through the second half on a goal by freshman midfielder Katie Tracy (Richmond, Va.) at 68:33. Rawlings took a corner kick from the right side, which Tracy headed into the net from four yards out at the near post.

Loyola cut the Cavalier lead to 2-1 at the 78:48 mark. Jamie DeSoto played the ball to Maureen Hoyt above the right side of the box, where Hoyt blasted a shot into the goal from 22 yards away. The Greyhounds had two good scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, but UVa senior goalkeeper Brit Swenberg (Durham, Ga.) made a pair of saves to preserve the victory.

Virginia will return to action this Saturday, Oct. 18, when it plays host to Florida State in a 7:00 p.m. game.

Virginia 2, Loyola (Md.) 1
Loyola (9-4-2)      0   1   -   1
Virginia (11-1-2)   1   1   -   2

Scoring: Virginia - Jennifer Rawlings 32:51; Virginia - Katie Tracy (Rawlings) 68:33; Loyola - Maureen Hoyt (Jamie DeSoto) 78:48. Shots: Loyola 3, Virginia 12; Saves: Loyola 4 (Erin Gilroy 3, Kim Walter 1), Virginia 2 (Megan Boehm 0, Brit Swenberg 2); Corner Kicks: Loyola 2, Virginia 9; Fouls: Loyola 5, Virginia 5; Offsides: Loyola 2, Virginia 0; Attendance: 244.