Women's Soccer Rolls to #2 Ranking

Patrick Smith

With two wins in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic this weekend, the Cavaliers have moved to #2 in the latest national polls with a 6-0-0 record.

On Friday, the Virginia women's soccer team defeated Rutgers 6-0.

On Sunday, they handed Seton Hall a 3-0 defeat.

Today, the NSCAA handed Virginia a #2 national ranking.

The Cavaliers are one of three ACC teams in the top four nationally. #1 North Carolina holds an identical 6-0 record while #4 Florida State has a tie as its lone blemish. #3 Stanford is the lone outsider in the top 4. Wake Forest (7), Notre Dame (8), Duke (15) and Maryland (21) also make the top 25.

Five different Cavaliers scored in Friday's rout of Rutgers, led by junior Danielle Colaprico with two. Senior Amber Fry, junior Morgan Brian, sophomore Brittany Ratcliffe and freshman Alexis Shaffer each added a goal. Brian, Fry and Shaffer, along with senior Shasta Fisher each had one assist. Freshman Morgan Stearns played the whole game in goal, making one save on her way to the shutout.

On Sunday, it was Morgan Brian (2 goals, 1 assist) and Makenzy Doniak (1 goal, 1 assist) that led the Cavaliers offensively against the Pirates of Seton Hall. Stearns split the time in goal with senior Danielle DeLisle, each making one save while preserving the shutout.

Virginia now stands at 6-0-0 at the conclusion of non-conference play. They have outscored their opponents 25-3 so far, including four shutouts. The Cavaliers actually lead the nation in scoring with those 25 goals. The closest ACC school is Virginia Tech (5-0-1) with 19.

The Hoos' next 13 matches, however, are all against ACC foes, so things might start getting a touch more difficult. That begins with Syracuse, who travels to Charlottesville on Thursday for a 7pm first kick. The Orange are 4-2 on the season, with both losses coming away from home.

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