The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team closed out the weekend with a 2-1 victory over No. 13 Northwestern Sunday.
Freshman Caleigh Foust scored the game-winning goal with 5:06 remaining.
“We had to muscle our way through this one, but it feels great to get the victory,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “It was a blue collar game. We had to deal with the physicality of it and still make it our game, which we did today. I learned that our team has another gear, they can dig deeper and put it in that higher gear. They keep surprising me.”
The victory was Virginia’s third win over a ranked opponent this season with the Cavaliers improving to 8-1. It was also the second-straight game in which the Cavaliers had to face a ranked opponent after falling 2-1 to No. 1 North Carolina on Friday.
Virginia’s first score came after a foul with Foust drawing a whistle right in front of the net after being interfered with by the goalkeeper, setting up a penalty stroke for senior Carissa Vittese. Vittese converted the stroke, smashing her shot in high over the goalie’s shoulder to give UVa a 1-0 lead just over 12 minutes into the game.
Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone logged four saves with senior Chloe Pendlebury and freshman Jeannie Blackwood each adding a defensive save.