The No. 11 Virginia women’s soccer team clinched a spot in the 2012 ACC Tournament in emphatic fashion, downing No. 22 Virginia Tech 5-0 on Sunday night at Thompson Field. Senior forward Caroline Miller led the Cavaliers with three goals and an assist, tying the school record for points in a game with seven.
The Cavaliers improve to 12-4-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the ACC with the victory, clinching their 19th consecutive season of finishing .500 or better in the conference. The Hokies fell to 12-5-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the ACC.
Virginia took the lead in the 29th minute of play on a give-and-go play between Miller and Danielle Colaprico. Miller sent a through ball to Colaprico, who dribbled to the end line. Colaprico picked out Miller about 10 yards in front of goal, who fired a blast into the top of the net for her 10th goal of the season. With that goal, Miller became the first Cavalier to post double-digit goal totals in consecutive seasons since Kelly Hammond in 2003 and 2004.
The Cavaliers controlled play in the second half from the start and doubled their lead in the 66th minute. Morgan Brian won a ball in the midfield and found Miller at the top of the box. Miller took a touch and fired a shot just inside the post for her second goal of the night.
Miller completed her second career hat trick in the 74th minute as Makenzy Doniak found her all alone at the six-yard box and she slotted home her 12th goal of the season.
Two minutes later it was Miller on the set-up of Virginia’s fourth goal of the night, as she threaded a ball into the box that Gloria Douglas finished for her third goal of the season. With the assist, Miller tied the school record for points in a game with seven. It was seventh time the feat has been accomplished, the last coming by Miller against Liberty last season.
It was Miller’s 10th career multi-goal game and her fourth this season. Seven of those 10 multi-goal performances have come against ACC competition. She also moved into third place on Virginia’s career goal list with 37, and sixth on Virginia’s career points list with 89.
Virginia capped the scoring in the 84th minute when Shasta Fisher tallied her first goal of the season. After a corner kick bounced out to her at the top of the 18, Fisher fired a shot that was blocked by a defender. The rebound came right back to her and she blasted the ball into the upper corner of the goal from the top of the 18-yard box.
The Cavaliers will conclude the regular season on Thursday as they host Boston College. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. Prior to the game the four senior members of the team (Miller, Erica Hollenberg, Julia Roberts and Carrie Wisman) will be honored.