One week after suffering their only loss of the season, the Virginia women's soccer team rebounded with a 5-0 win over Saint Francis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at Klöckner Stadium.
Makenzy Doniak led the Cavaliers with a hat trick, the first of her UVa career. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian and sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe also scored for the Cavaliers, who tallied a season-high 37 shots. Junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico added a pair of assists.
"We definitely needed to get our confidence back for the tournament and I think it's a great start to get that many goals in our first game," Colaprico said after the win. "It's definitely awesome and our confidence is definitely risen after that game."
''We were all disappointed, so you want to get back out there as fast as you can," added head coach Steve Swanson. "This was kind of the culmination of a longer week for us, because we had to sit on that for a little longer than we were used to."
The 'Hoos took the lead on a goal from Doniak in the 19th minute, with an assist from Kate Norbo. Two minutes later, Doniak scored again after stealing a back-pass to the keeper, and put the Cavaliers up 2-0. Brian made it 3-0 before the half when she headed in a corner kick from Colaprico for her 13th goal of the season.
Doniak scored once more in the second half, and in the 83rd minute Ratcliffe opened the lead to 5-0 by heading in a cross from senior defender Molly Menchel. Overall, Virginia outshot Saint Francis 37-3 and had a 12-1 corner kick advantage.
The Cavaliers will host second and third round NCAA Tournament action next weekend at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia will play either Georgetown or La Salle on Friday night at 7 p.m.