Makenzy Doniak netted 20 goals last year for UVa, but on Sunday Virginia had to manage without their star striker, who sat out with a hamstring injury. Mission accomplished for the second-ranked Cavaliers, who picked up goals from six different players to beat Delaware 6-1 to close out the Nike Soccer Classic.
“We did some good things at times and we were inconsistent at times,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “Once we got the four goals, Delaware had nothing to lose and really raised their level of play and made it a more physical contest. We scored some good goals and we did some good things this weekend.”
Freshman midfielder Betsy Brandon got the scoring started in the 11th minute after she poundced on a defelcted shot. Minutes later Morgan Reuther made it 2-0 after connection on a beautiful long ball from Kristen McNabb. Brittany Ratcliffe and Loranto Sargent wrapped up the scoring in the first half.
The Cavs continued to dominate possession in the second half with Courtney Petersen and Veronica Latsko both gettin go the board for the 'Hoos. Delaware did answer late in the second half, after Riley Curtin blasted one past the far post to get the Blue Hens on the board.
UVa will now return to action on Friday when they begin its tour of the West Coast. The Cavalies will face No. 12 UCLA on Friday and then will face No. 10 Pepperdine on Sunday.
According to Swanson, Doniak is "day-to-day" and there is not set timeline for her return. UVa forward Brittany Ratcliffe (1 goal and 1 assist) and freshman midfielder Betsy Brandon discussed the win in the video below, (UVa head coach Steve Swanson discusses the win in the video above).