The No. 1 Virginia women’s soccer team recorded its first ranked road win of the season, downing No. 11 Wake Forest 2-0 Sunday at Spry Stadium.
Sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe and freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer tallied goals late in the first half as the Cavaliers moved to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the ACC to remain the nation’s lone unbeaten and untied team.
“This has always been a tough place for us to get a result, so we are happy to get the win,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We started a little slow today as there was a little residual effects from Thursday night. We moved the ball well at times a created some chances, especially in the second half. The only thing we could have done better was finish a few more of the chances we created. Wake is a good team and we knew this was going to be a good test for us. It was also good for our team to get the shutout.”
In the 36th minute, Ratcliffe was unmarked at the top of the 6-yard box when she headed in a cross from senior defender Shasta Fisher for her eighth goal of the season. Five minutes later Virginia struck again to double the lead. Senior forward Amber Fry took a corner that was headed at the near post by sophomore defender Emily Sonnett to Shaffer at the far post. She controlled the ball and tapped in her third goal of the season.
First-year goalkeeper Morgan Stearns made one save to record her fifth shutout of the season.
With Sunday’s results, Virginia became the first team to clinch a place in this year’s ACC Tournament.
Virginia will continue its three-game road trip on Thursday as it visits No. 11 NC State. Game time in Raleigh is 7 p.m.