The fifth ranked Virginia women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-1 draw Thursday night against No. 22 Florida State at Klckner Stadium. The Cavaliers remain unbeaten in the ACC (1-0-2) and go to 7-1-3 overall.
“Overall, I thought that was the most minutes of quality soccer we played all season,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “I knew the first goal would be critical and to give it up against the run of play was disappointing. We had to chase the game for a while, but once we tied it we had control. We kept knocking on the door but couldn’t put one in. They didn’t get a shot after halftime, but unfortunately we gave up the early goal.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers had the better of play, but the Seminoles (6-3-2, 1-1-1 ACC) took advantage of their first chance. In the 18th minute, Holly Peltzer dribbled into the box and fired a shot to the far side of the net for her second goal of the season. The score snapped the Cavaliers’ school record shutout streak at 783 minutes.
After halftime, the Cavaliers controlled the game, outshooting the Seminoles 10-0 the rest of the night. Virginia evened the match on their first shot of the second half, as Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.) stole a ball in the midfield, dribbled inside the box and fired a shot just inside the far post for her first goal of the year.
Florida State, who entered the game as the nation’s highest scoring team at over four goals per game, was limited to four shots by the Cavaliers, while Virginia had 17 shots. The Cavaliers also had a 12-0 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made three saves for Virginia, while Erin McNulty made two for the Seminoles.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday as they host ACC leaders Miami (6-2-3, 2-0-1 ACC). Game time at Klckner Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. #5 Virginia 1, #22 Florida State 1
#22 Florida State (6-3-2, 1-1-1) 1 0 0 0 1
#5 Virginia (7-1-3, 1-0-2) 0 1 0 0 1
1. FSU. Peltzer, 2 (unassisted) 18’
2. UVa. Senty, 1 (unassisted) 53’
Shots: 17 4
Corners: 12 0
Saves: 3 3
Fouls: 6 6
Weather: 81 degrees, clear
NOTES: The Cavaliers remain undefeated (6-0-1) at home this season ... Virginia remains the only ACC team that Florida State has never beaten, as they lead the series 13-0-3 ... Senty becomes 11th different Cavalier to score a goal this season.