No. 8 Virginia strikes early, holds lead to upset No. 3 Old Dominion
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- No. 8 Virginia upset No. 3 Old Dominion 5-4 to cap off a three-game week. Paige Selenski scored two goals, finishing the week with nine goals total.
Old Dominion struck early, with Rosario Villagra scoring from the top of the circle in the first two minutes of play. Paige Selenski tied the game 1-1 at the 6:42 mark, taking a pass from Carissa Vittese shortly after a penalty corner.
Virginia was quick to strike again as Selenski dribbled around the circle and took a hard shot that sailed past the goalie for a 2-1 advantage.
Vittese added to the score ten minutes later, going one-on-one with the goalie and ending the showdown with the ball in the net. Two minutes later, Old Dominion scored their second goal off the pads of goalie Jenny Johnstone to make it a 3-2 game.
With just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Elly Buckley scored the first of her two goals off a penalty corner. She scored her second almost 20 minutes into the second half, giving the Cavaliers a 5-2 advantage.
Old Dominion took advantage of a penalty corner of its own, netting a goal at the 59:12 mark. A minute later, the Monarchs’ Kati Nearhouse broke free and got off a shot from the left side, suddenly making it a one-goal contest.
The Cavaliers put Rebecca Holden in goal after the two Old Dominion scores, but the rookie goalkeeper wouldn’t face a single shot as the Cavalier defense clamped down in the final nine minutes of the game, holding on for the 5-4 victory.
“It’s what I expected from this game. It’s always hard against Old Dominion,” said head coach Michele Madison. “They are a really good team. We knew what they were going to do, but isn’t easy to stop them. We are both very attacking teams, hence the 5-4 score.”
Selenski capped off a dominant week with her two goals and one assist. In the three games this week, Selenski has amassed 23 points with nine goals and five assists, including two game-winners.
“I think this was a very big win for us and something that we needed,” Selenski said. “I think we needed a little boost of confidence. We worked really hard today doing what we needed to do. I think there are still a lot of areas to improve on, but we will continue to grow game by game.”
Buckley also had a huge week. She added two more goals to her week’s tally, finishing with 15 points (six goals, three assists).
“We just fought really hard and played our system really well,” Buckley said. “We fought all the way to the end.”
Vittese scored her fourth goal of the season.
Johnstone improved to 3-0 on the season with three saves.
Old Dominion, who knocked off No. 1 Maryland on Friday, falls to 2-2 on the year. Virginia improves to 4-1 with their sole loss coming at No. 9 Penn State.