CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 5 Virginia improved to 9-0 at home this season with a 4-0 victory against No. 25 Wake Forest in a game that held special meaning for the team.
During pregame warm-ups, the Cavaliers wore matching teal t-shirts emblazoned with a pink ribbon as well as teal wristbands and pink shoelaces. The players chose this game to raise awareness of ovarian and breast cancer and, as was spelled out on the backs of their shirts, to dedicate the game to the memory of the late Judy Selenski, mother of forward Paige Selenski.
During the game, Selenski scored her first goal in the first three minutes of the game. She dribbled the ball across the end line and fired a shot past the keeper to give the Cavaliers the early 1-0 lead at the 2:40 mark.
Less then six minutes later, Selenski struck again, this time setting up teammate Rachel Sumfest. Selenski made a pass from the right side of the circle over to Sumfest who scored from the left side of the goal.
Sumfest scored her second goal with ten minutes remaining in the first half. After a shot by Selenski was deflected, Sumfest won the tussle in front of the goal, knocking in the ball to put the Cavaliers up 3-0 at the 25:28 mark.
Selenski added a fourth goal two minutes into the second half, dribbling around a defender and hooking her shot past the goalkeeper.
After taking the 4-0 lead, the game became a defensive battle. The Cavaliers managed to keep the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard to earn their fifth shutout of the season and their third consecutive shutout at home. In its last three home games, Virginia has outscored its opponents 15-0.
“It wasn’t an easy game to play,” head coach Michele Madison said. “Wake Forest came to play. They put up a lot of big balls. They were trying to get down and around us. They have some good speed. I thought we held our composure and were able to shut down some of their interior attempts to go to the goalie.”
Jenny Johnstone played the entire game in goal for Virginia, earning her second shutout of the season. Johnstone had five saves, lowering her season goals-against average to 1.41 and improving her record to 11-2. Sumfest scored her 13th goal of the season.
Selenski scored her ACC-leading 23rd goal of the season. Selenski had five points in the game, giving her 228 in her career, just two points shy of tying Meredith Thorpe (1995-98) for the Cavalier career points record (230). Selenski also scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season, a mark that also leads the ACC.
“All week we have been working on building our attack and building our 2-v-1′s on the sideline,” Selenski said. “I think we did that really well [Saturday]. Wake is a really great team and always very physical. You could see that today with them really putting their bodies on the line and getting their sticks in there. They are a really good team and their coaching staff is great. It was a really great performance out there for us to come away with a shutout.”
With the victory, the Cavaliers improve to 14-3 and 3-1 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons drop to 7-9 and 1-3 in the ACC. With Maryland’s 4-3 overtime loss at North Carolina, the Cavaliers are now in sole possession of second place in the ACC, trailing the Tar Heels by one game.