The No. 11 Virginia women’s soccer team improved to 3-0-0 in the ACC with a 6-0 win over NC State in its conference home opener Thursday night at Klckner Stadium. Six different Cavaliers scored on the evening, as Virginia posted its most lopsided win against a conference foe since 2004.
“It is always good to get a result in this league,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought we played well from the start and it was nice to see us take advantage of our chances tonight. That isn’t always the case, and we have had some games where we had the possession and the shots, but couldn’t get the goals.”
The game remained scoreless until late in the first half when the Cavaliers found the back of the net twice. In the 39th minute, Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.) received a long ball from Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), cut past a defender and slid a ball inside the near post to give UVa the lead. Two minutes later, Alwine slid a ball in behind the defense to Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), who dribbled around the keeper and tapped in her first goal of the season.
The Cavaliers' (9-1-1) momentum from the late goals in the first half carried into the second half. Less than two minutes after intermission a Krzysik headed was saved at the far post, but the rebound went right to Meghan Lenczyk, who tapped in her team-leading ninth goal of the season. In the 51st minute, Alwine beat her defender to the endline and sent a cross to Cailtin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) at the far post to notch her third goal of the season. Three minutes later, Alwine sent a free kick from the flank into the box where Rostedt headed the ball to Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) who sent a blast into the net for her fifth goal of the season. Amanda Stewart (West Chester, Pa.) closed out the scoring in the 86th minute as she scored on a breakaway set up by Amanda Fancher (The Colony, Texas).
Overall the Cavaliers outshot the Wolfpack 26-4 and had a 3-0 corner kick advantage. Celeste Miles made one save for Virginia to post her third consecutive shutout, while Rachel Barnette made six saves for NC State (8-4-0, 0-2-0 ACC).
The Cavaliers’ six goals were a season high and the most they have scored against an ACC opponent since an 8-0 win over Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the 2004 ACC Tournament. Alwine finished the game with three assists, one shy of the school record and the most for a Cavalier in a game since Kristen Weiss had three assists in that 8-0 win over the Hokies.
The Cavaliers will begin a three-game ACC road trip on Sunday as they visit Clemson. Game time is set for 2 p.m. and the contest will be aired live online by ACC Select.VIRGINIA 6, NC STATE 0
NC State (8-4-0, 0-2-0) 0 0 - 0
#11 Virginia (9-1-1, 3-0-0) 2 4 - 6
UVa Lauren Alwine 2 (Nikki Krzysik 1) 39’
UVa Jess Rostedt 1 (Lauren Alwine 8) 41’
UVa Meghan Lenczyk 9 (Nikki Krzysik 2) 47’
UVa Caitlin Miskel 3 (Lauren Alwine 9) 51’
UVa Kelly Quinn 5 (Jess Rostedt 1, Lauren Alwine 10) 54’
UVa Amanda Stewart 2 (Amanda Fancher 2) 86’
Shots: UVa 26, NCSU 4
Corners: UVa 3, NCSU 0
Saves: UVa 1 (Miles 1), NCSU 9 (Barnette 9)
Fouls: UVa 9, NCSU 6
Weather: 61 degrees, clear