Sept. 5, 1997

Virginia Beats No. 8 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- The eighth-ranked Penn State women's soccer team dropped a 5-2 decision to No.11 Virginia on Friday, snapping an eight-game home win streak. The Cavaliers claimed their first win of the season and improved to 1-0-1, while Penn State is now 1-1 overall. The loss was just the fifth time in school history that the Lady Lions failed to win at home.

The Lady Lions jumped on the scoreboard first as All-American senior Rachel Hoffman (Wyomissing, PA) booted the first goal one minute, 12 seconds into the action. But the rest of the half belongedto Virginia. Junior Jill Maxwell tied the score at 1-1 with her tally, headed by Lindsay Ritter. The Cavaliers got insurance goals from Katie Tracy, Tracy Lacke and Angela Hucles to close out the half with a 4-1 advantage.

Three minutes into the second half, Liz Botta converted an unassisted tally. PSU's Daryn Murphy (Redding, CT) scored the Lions second goal off a free kick.

Penn State junior goalie Dara Christante (Austin, TX) netted six saves on the day, while UVA's Brit Swenberg had four. The Cavaliers out-shot PSU, 17-12. UVA recorded six corner to kicks to PSU's four.

"The early goals made us play like we had something to protect rather than giving us something to go after," PSU head coach Pat Farmer said. "Our competitive instinct is not where I'd like it to be. Virginia played hard and very composed."

The Lady Lions return yto action on Sunday, Sept. 7 against Seton Hall. Action begins at 1:00p.m. at Jeffery Field.