Virginia 4, Liberty 0

Nov. 11, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia womens soccer team advanced to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Liberty Friday night in an opening round game at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers, seeded No. 2 in their quarter of the bracket, used four first half goals to down the Flames.

Virginia (16-5-1) took control of the game early and opened up the scoring in the 18th minute of play. Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) sent a cross that Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) trapped at the penalty spot before turning a firing the ball inside the far post for the first score of the game. The Cavaliers made the score 2-0 in the 37th minute as Redmond sent a corner kick into the box that was headed in by Julia Falk (Clifton, Va.) for her first goal of the season. In the 41st minute, Alex Singer (Rye, N.Y.) scored her first career goal as she received a pass from Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) and sent a bending shot to the far upper corner of the net. Huffman closed out the scoring in the 43rd minute as she scored off a cross from Hammond. Virginia took that 4-0 into the half after outshooting the Flames 11-0 before halftime.

In the second half, the Cavaliers were able to use their depth as 18 players saw playing time in the game. There was no scoring in the second half as Virginia outshot Liberty 5-1 after the break.

Overall, the Cavaliers had a 16-1 shot advantage and an 11-0 corner kick advantage. Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) and Laura Comeau (Lee, N.H.) each played a half in goal to post Virginias 13th shutout of the season, one shy of the school record 14 shutouts set last season. Sonia Rodriguez made four saves in net for the Flames (12-7-2).

This was an excellent win for us tonight, said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. We took control of the game in the first half and getting ahead early was important in this game. To be up 4-0 at halftime took a lot of pressure off of us. We were able to use our depth in the second half and hopefully that will help us on Sunday.

Virginia will meet Tennessee in the second round of the tournament on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. The Lady Vols (15-5-2) downed Wake Forest (9-9-1) 5-2 in the other first round game in Charlottesville Friday night. It will be the second meeting of the season between the Cavaliers and Lady Vols as Tennessee used a goal with 11 seconds left to top Virginia 1-0 on September 9 at Klockner Stadium.

-- Courtesy Virginia