The top-ranked Virginia women’s soccer team recorded its second top-five win of the season by downing No. 4 North Carolina 2-0 Sunday at Fetzer Field. The Cavaliers have now tied a school record with 16 straight wins.
Sophomores Brittany Ratcliffe and Makenzy Doniak scored for the Cavaliers, who handed North Carolina just their second multi-goal loss since 1986, a span of 690 games.
“North Carolina has always been a great team and we always know this is going to be a good game,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “It was a different kind of game. They do some different things, so we have to prepare for that. There weren’t many chances out there for both teams, but we took our chances well. It was a tough game today, but I was proud with how we competed and we tried to put some pieces of good soccer together at times.”
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 13th minute of play on the game’s first shot. A cross from junior Danielle Colaprico found Ratcliffe inside the 6-yard box and she tapped the ball inside the post for her 11th goal of the season.
In the 84th minute, sophomore defender Emily Sonnett won a ball in the midfield and threaded a pass to Doniak, who scored off the breakaway for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.
With the victory, the Cavaliers became the first team to ever win at North Carolina in three consecutive seasons.
Both teams played the game with out their leading scorer as Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian and North Carolina senior midfielder Crystal Dunn played for the United States in the Americans’ 4-0 friendly win over Australia in San Antonio.
“It was difficult not having both Crystal and Morgan here,” said Swanson. “I think the game lost something because of that. But we both understand that that is their future and we support that.”
Virginia closes out the regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Thursday against Miami.