Virginia women's soccer is closing in on its third consecutive trip to the College Cup. The top-ranked Cavaliers are two wins away after beating UNCW 2-0 in their NCAA second-round match at Klöckner on Friday night. The last time these two teams faced off against each other, the 'Hoos throttled the Seahawks 8-0. This time, however, the Cavs had to remain patient as UNCW put ten men behind the ball.
The Cavs put on tthe pressure early. Within 30 seconds the Cavaliers had their first shot and never put on the brakes. Virginia outshot UNCW 11-0 in the first half with five hitting the target.
The Cavs had four clear chances to go ahead in the match, the first came with seven minutes on the clock after Makenzy Doniak blasted a strike right to the UNCW keeper. Four minutes later another UVA attack left the visitors on the back foot. Veronica Latsko rushed the left flank, crossing the ball to Doniak, but the senior striker's shot once again was blocked, but just as far as Latsko, who then hit the cross bar. The Seahawks somehow survived.
With 19 minutes played, Doniak had another opportunity to put the 'Hoos ahead, on a breakaway Doniak beats the UNCW defenders to go one-on-one with Carolyn Huddy, but once again the UNCW made the crucial save to keep the Seahawks in it.
The 'Hoos did not have to wait long in the second half, however. After having her first shot saved, Shaffer blasted one from 18-yards out to put the Wahoos in front. Minutes later, Doniak netted an insurance goal and her 13th goal of the season when her head connected with a corner at the 61st minute to put the 'Hoos up by two.
UVA finished the game out-shooting UNCW 28-1, with the Seahwaks first shot coming with less than five minutes to go in the match.
Virginia will now turn its attention to USC. The Cavaliers host the fourth-ranked Trojans on Sunday in the NCAA third round match. Kickoff at Klöckner is set for 2 P.M.