The Virginia field hockey team earned its third-straight shutout victory, blanking Radford 5-0 Tuesday at Turf Field.
The Cavaliers outshot the Highlanders 31-1 in the win. Radford goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion finished with 15 saves, while the Radford defenders logged an additional four defensive saves.
With the win, Virginia improved to a perfect 25-0 all-time against Radford. The Cavaliers are now 12-1 on the year, 10-0 against non-conference opponents and 1-1 in the ACC. Radford fell to 3-7 overall.
Freshman Katie Kelly scored her first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner, five minutes before halftime. Fellow freshman Lucy Hyams added a score in the final two minutes of the period, converting on a pass from senior Elly Buckley. Buckley, the ACC leader in goals scored, added two in the second half, bringing her season tally to 17. Freshman Caleigh Foust netted the Cavaliers’ fifth goal in the final minute of the contest.
“It started with the front of the press and the front of the defense when we didn’t have the ball yet on the press," said head coach Michele Madison. "The defense put in some extra time by themselves today to walk through the press and it really helped. Hopefully we will be able to ride this momentum into the weekend when we go up to play a pair of top-ranked teams.”
Virginia heads on the road this weekend to face Syracuse on Saturday and Albany on Sunday.
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