The Virginia Cavaliers snapped a seven game Liberty winning streak as the Lady Flames fell 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup, Friday evening, at Klockner Stadium on the campus of the University of Virginia.
Big South Champion Liberty, through inspired early effort, was able to hold the NCAA Tournament's upper quadrant No. 2 seed Virginia attack to just one goal through the first 35 minutes. However, the Cavaliers scored three times in the last 25 minutes of the first half to take a 4-0 lead into intermission.
Virginia's Kelly Hammond scored the match's first goal 18 minutes into the half. The senior midfielder netted her sixth goal of the season off passes from Jen Redmond and Kelly Quinn at the 17:59 mark.
In a seven minute stretch late in the first, the Cavaliers would extend their lead. At the 36: 23 mark, Julia Falk headed in a cross from Redmond to begin the run of three goals. Alex Singer then scored at 40:33 and teammate Sarah Huffman followed with her fourth goal of the season off the cross into the box at 42:57.
After intermission, neither team would score in the second half. Liberty would get two opportunities in the half. The Lady Flames received an indirect kick in the box after obstruction was called on Virginia at 72:52. After a touch pass from Alaina Hohnarth (Jr., MF, Hamburg, N.J.) on the free kick, a shot by Rachel Hetrick (So., F, Grantville, Pa.) would be blocked down in front by the Cavalier wall. Later, a Mandee Judd (Jr., MF, Front Royal, Va.) shot in the 74th minute was stopped by the Virginia goalkeeper.
On the evening, Liberty goalkeeper Sonia Rodriguez (Sr., Fairfax, Va.) made four saves, while Virginia starting keeper Christina de Vries did not make a save in the first half. Virginia's backup goalkeeper Laura Comeau recorded a save in time in the Cavalier net in the second half.
Virginia advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 16-5-1 mark. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the evening's second match between Tennessee and Wake Forest. That second round match will be played Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Lady Flames' season comes to an end at 12-7-2. Liberty also saw the longest winning streak in program history come to an end at seven straight games. The 2005 Big South Champions used the streak to make the school's third appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup.