Virginia Women’s Soccer rules out Brigham Young to move to Sweet 16 – The Cavalier Daily


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Although Virginia women’s soccer entered the NCAA Tournament unranked, their performance so far would have you assuming otherwise. After a comfortable 3-1 win over SIUE-Edwardsville in the first round, the Cavaliers (12-4-2, 5-2-1 ACC) picked up another victory over the Brigham Young Cougars (11-4-1, 7 -1- 1 WCC) thanks to a brace from junior forward Alexa Spaanstra and a shutout from senior goaltender Laurel Ivory.

“It was a really good BYU team that we played against,” coach Steve Swanson said. “They hadn’t been shut out all year, so our defense deserves a lot of credit. The effort of our whole team was tremendous today.

Saturday’s game between Virginia and Brigham Young at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina started in favor of the Cougars as they were able to dictate the tempo and fire five shots in the first 20 minutes of the game – including three in the first three. minutes.

Finally, in the 21st minute, freshman midfielder Lia Godfrey earned the Cavaliers’ first shot on goal. However, the shot sailed high and the game went scoreless.

In the 34th minute, senior midfielder Taryn Torres dribbled across midfield before lifting a ball between the Cougar defense to find Spaanstra’s feet on the right side of the pitch around the top of the 18-yard box . Spaanstra took a few touches forward before rocketing a shot through the face of goal and into the far-post net – giving Virginia the 1-0 lead before half-time.

After the break, the Cavaliers continued to provide offensive intensity. Virginia had four shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half but failed to convert. It wasn’t until the 68th minute that Virginia extended their lead with another Spaanstra goal.

The goal came as senior defender Lizzy Sieracki threw a long throw-in past second-year forward Diana Ordonez. Ordonez sent the ball down and found the feet of Spaanstra who redirected and smashed the ball into the top left corner of the goal.

Spaanstra’s goal solidified the Cavaliers’ victory, and she now leads Virginia in goals scored with 10 this season. It also marked a two-game streak for Spaanstra – scoring a brace in both NCAA Tournament games – and was the fifth multi-goal game of his career.

Additionally, with his help, Ordonez continued to be an overall threat to the Cavalier offense. She leads the team with 23 offensive points on the nine goals and five assists she recorded.

While Spaanstra and Virginia’s offense were very impressive against Brigham Young, the Cavalier defense performed just as well.

The Cougars entered the game as the third offensive team in the nation to score 47 goals in the 2020-21 season, averaging 3.13 goals per game. Additionally, Brigham Young had a 53-game streak that was snapped by Ivory and the Cavalier defense.

Ivory faced a career-high 11 saves during the game on a career-high 19 shots on goal. Cougar’s offense was strong and hungry but ultimately unable to do anything past the experienced goalkeeper.

“We have a lot of respect for BYU,” Swanson said. “They played a great game and had a great season. We did what it took to win the game and we converted our chances. At this stage and in this tournament, that’s what you have to do.

With the win, Virginia will advance to the Round of 16 for the 15th time in the past 16 seasons. They’re set to take on Rice, another unranked team that upset No. 5 West Virginia in the second round with a 1-0 victory. The goal was the result of a penalty and was their only shot of the game.

“You have to find a way to win,” Swanson said. “We did it today. We had some good times, but there were others where we had to weather the storm and we did a good job.

Virginia’s round of 16 game against Rice is scheduled for Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park. Kickoff is at 9 p.m. and the game can be streamed on


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