The No. 1 Virginia women’s soccer team ran its win streak to 15 games with a 5-0 road victory over NC State Thursday. The Cavaliers (15-0, 9-0 ACC) remained the nation’s only unbeaten and untied squad.
“I thought it was a really good performance tonight,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “Obviously we got the result, but I thought we played very well on both sides of the ball and scored some great goals.”
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe had two goals and junior midfielder Morgan Brian had three assists to lead the Cavaliers. Senior Gloria Douglas, sophomore Makenzy Doniak and junior Mary Morgan also scored for Virginia.
The Cavaliers wasted little time taking the lead, scoring in the fourth minute of play. Brian threaded a ball to Douglas, who fired a left-footed blast for her third goal of the season.
The lead was doubled in the 20th minute on another pinpoint pass from Brian. After junior Danielle Colaprico won the ball in the midfield, she passed to Brian who found Doniak. Doniak ran onto the pass and chipped the ball over the keeper for her team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Ratcliffe came off the bench and extended the advantage to 4-0 with a pair of goals 83 seconds apart. Virginia took that 4-0 advantage into the break.
Virginia added a final goal in the 88th minute to make the final margin 5-0. Morgan received a ball from Shaffer at the top of the box and fired a shot inside the far post for her first career goal.
“We got a lot of good performances off the bench today,” said Swanson. “We have a lot of players that we want to give minutes to and they did a tremendous job tonight. It was good, especially at this time when we are in the middle of this road trip, to be able to get good minutes for a lot of players. I thought the level of play, no matter who was on the field, was very high tonight.”
Overall, Virginia outshot NC State 19-7 and had a 5-1 corner kick advantage. Senior goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle made four saves over the first 80 minutes before redshirt-freshman Jessie Ferrari made her collegiate debut by playing the final 10 minutes. The pair combined to post the Cavaliers’ ninth shutout of the season.
Virginia will conclude its regular season road schedule Sunday with a matchup with No. 4 and reigning NCAA Champion North Carolina. Game time in Chapel Hill is 1 p.m.
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