CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive year with a 3-0 victory against Washington State on Friday night in a second round match at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (16-4-2) will host in-state rival Virginia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, with the winner earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
“We beat a very good team in Washington State tonight,” Virginia head coach Steve Swanson said. “They are one of the better defensive teams we have seen all year, so to get three goals on them tells how well we played tonight. We had a really good week of practice and that carried over into the game. Our crosses were sharp, our finishing was good and our possession was excellent.”
The Cavaliers took the lead in the 17th minute of play. Julia Roberts served a free kick into the box to Morgan Brian, who flicked on the ball in front of goal. Lauren Alwine beat the charging keeper to the loose ball inside the six-yard box to tap in her third goal of the season. Virginia doubled its lead in the 31st minute as Gloria Douglas knocked in a pass from Danielle Colaprico for her seventh goal of the season.
In the second half, Virginia extended the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute as Caroline Miller scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season on an assist from Molly Menchel. The Cougars (12-7-2) didn’t record their only shot of the game until the 89th minute as the Cavaliers outshot them 22-1 for the game.
In addition to the 22-1 shot advantage, the Cavaliers had a 7-3 corner kick edge. Chantel Jones didn’t need to make a save to post her 46th career shutout, extending her NCAA record. It was also Jones’ 13th shutout of the season, tying the single season school record set by Christina de Vries in 2004 and matched by Jones in 2007. Gurveen Clair had seven saves for the Cougars.