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Virginia Athletics | September 21, 2014

Cavaliers cruise

“"CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 3 Virginia opened Atlantic Coastal Conference play with a 3-1 victory against Miami Saturday night in front of 2,231 fans at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (9-0, 1-0 ACC) won their conference opener for the 11th time in 12 years, while the Hurricanes fell to 2-7 (0-1 ACC) on the season.

Forward Makenzy Doniak had a goal and an assist to lead Virginia. Kristen McNabb and Olivia Hazelrigg also scored for the Cavaliers, who ran their ACC regular season win streak to 16 matches.

"It is always good to open the ACC season with a win," head coach Steve Swansonsaid. "This conference is so tough that you need to make sure you protect your home field, and we did that tonight. Overall, there are a lot of good things we can take away from this game. We just need to be a little more efficient in finishing the chances we are creating."

The Cavaliers took the lead in the 17th minute off a Kaili Torres throw-in passed across the box by Doniak to McNabb, who one-timed in her second goal of the season. Virginia struck again before halftime, scoring just 13 seconds before the break. Megan Reid played a ball to Hazelrigg who dribbled to the top of the box and found the back of the net for her first career goal.

Miami cut the lead in the 60th minute as Natalie Moik controlled a loose ball and blasted it home. Virginia answered six minutes later with Doniak tapping in her sixth goal of the season off of a Colaprico assist.

Overall, Virginia outshot Miami 20-6 and had a 7-3 corner kick advantage. Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns made one save in goal for Virginia, while Miami's Emily Lillard made three saves.

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