Aug. 22, 2008
Charlottesville, Va. - Virginia sophomore Kelly Quinn tallied twice in the first half and the Cavaliers' defense allowed the only Loyola shot of the game in the game's 68th minute as sixth-ranked Virginia recorded a 4-0 season-opening victory over the Greyhounds Friday night in Charlottesville, Va., spoiling the collegiate debut of first-year women's soccer coach Katherine Vettori.
"UVA is a great team," Vettori stated after the game. "I thought we played very hard. We defended well and were very organized. There were just a couple of breakdowns which we can fix."
Charlottesville also was the site where last year's MAAC Champions had their season concluded as Virginia knocked out the Greyhounds in the First Round of the 2007 NCAA College Cup by a 4-1 count. The Cavaliers advanced to the Round of 16 before being eliminated and Loyola used the opportunity to remind them where they wanted to get to at the end of this year's campaign.
Quinn, who snapped a 1-1 tie in last year's matchup to lead the Cavaliers to the win, picked up where she left off from those heroics, scoring 38:16 into the contest for what would be the game-winning goal. She extended that advantage with just 16 seconds remaining in the half when she tallied off a scramble from the corner for a 2-0 Virginia lead as the teams headed into the intermission.
Virginia tacked on a pair of late goals as Lindsey Miller scored 83:38 into the game for a 3-0 Cavaliers lead and Nikki Krzysik added the final tally two minutes later to close out the scoring.
Loyola sophomore midfielder Lina Staropoli registered the lone Greyhounds shot of the contest at the 68:00 mark for the visitor's lone scoring chance against Cavaliers goalkeeper Celeste Miles, who recorded a shutout without a save.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson, the defending MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, collected 10 saves during the contest. The only time last year that the Greyhounds allowed four goals was the NCAA matchup against the Cavaliers.
"We had some things going offensively; we just made a few mistakes," Vettori said. "Brittany Henderson had a fantastic performance. She came up with some big saves. Our team defense was really good. Where we are at right now is the most we can ask for at this point in the season."
Vettori makes her home debut on August 31 when the Greyhounds open the home portion of the schedule with a 5 o'clock contest with Old Dominion on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.