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Virginia Women's Soccer Trounces Highlanders

Now that's more like it.

Two days after a disappointing 3-1 loss to visiting Penn State, the Virginia women's soccer team took care of business yesterday, dispatching the local Radford Highlanders squad by a resounding 5-0 margin.

The Cavaliers scored three goals in the first half and made it 4-0 just three minutes into the second half. At that point it was clear that the Virginia women had this game well in hand. The shots (UVA 25, Radford 6) and corners (UVA 5, Radford 1) show just how aggressive and in control the Cavaliers were on Sunday.

Junior Kate Norbo gave the Cavaliers the early lead when she netted a deflected cross from Erica Hollenberg in the 17th minute. It took less than seven more minutes for the Wahoos to make it a 2-0 game as first-year Makenzy Doniak scored her second goal in as many games. I'm starting to think that Doniak may be my favorite newcomer this year, much like Morgan Brian was last year. With her two goals and two assists so far this season, she's leading the team in goals, assists and points. I guess we'll have to see what Caroline Miller (last year's leading scorer) and Morgan Brian (2nd place last year; currently playing with the US U-20 team in Japan) have to say about that.

Doniak's first assist this game was to Gloria Douglas for the team's third tally of the first half. The first-year threaded a needle with a pass to a sprinting Douglas who deposited the ball in the back of the net. Doniak was also involved in the first tally of the second half as Sophomore Danielle Colaprico one-timed her cross to bring the lead to 4-0.

Sophomore Kaili Torres, who had the deflection on Doniak's goal, finished out the scoring in the 76th minute.

The Cavaliers (1-1, 0-0 ACC) return to action on Wednesday with a 7pm game at Klockner Statdium against Liberty. The Flames are also 1-1 on the season, having beaten Davidson 1-0 on the Wildcats' home field while losing to the Drexel Dragons 0-1 at home in Lynchburg yesterday. Virginia is 11-0 against Liberty, having only given up one goal to the Flames while averaging nearly 5 goals per game on the offensive end.