The Virginia Women's Soccer team hosted Long Island University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last night at Klöckner Stadium. It wasn't much of a contest. The final score was 2-0 in favor of the Cavaliers, but the game wasn't anywhere near that close.
So dominant was the home team that the visiting Blackbirds could muster only a single shot in the first half and that shot was from about 25 yards away and had no chance of going in. The final tally of shots was 19-4 in favor of the Cavaliers. There was a similar ratio of corner kicks, with Virginia holding a 5-1 advantage, though all six corner kicks came in the second half when there was no scoring.
It took Virginia only four minutes to gain the lead. Julia Roberts took a free kick from just over 20 yards and curved it into the left half of the net. It looked to me as if the goalie may have been screened by the wall of players between her and Roberts, as she hardly moved for the ball as it came towards her.
Freshman phenom Morgan Brian added the final goal of the game just two minutes before halftime. She took a deflected cross from Amber Fry and put it just inside the right post.
Virginia will face either Washington State or Kentucky next Friday (probably at 7pm again). The Cougars and Wildcats play today at 7pm. As the seeded team, the Cavaliers will be the hosts of that game.