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#1 UVa Women's Soccer Blanks #22 Maryland 1-0

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The top ranked Virginia Women's soccer team shut out #22 Maryland 1-0 Sunday at Klockner Stadium in front of a record breaking crowd of 2,540 people.

UVa sophomore Brittany Ratcliffe scored the lone goal with 17 seconds left in the first half to keep the Cavaliers 11-0, 5-0 ACC. 

"It was an awesome goal to get before half because it was a really even game," said Ratcliffe. She added, "I'm sure its not something they wanted to see with 17 seconds left because when you go into halftime at 0-0 its anyone's game so, to get another goal was definitely good for us."

The #1 Cavaliers are now the nation's only unbeaten and untied team.

Virginia defender, Morgan Stith said, "understanding it's still kind of early in the season and its not tournament time yet, but I think for the overall Charlottesville community and UVa community, they've really rallied behind us. I've had so many people come up to me and be like oh, that's so awesome you guys are number one. It's really nice to have that support for women's soccer for once."

Virginia outshot the Terrapins 11-4 in the second half, but couldn't add to the lead. Despite being held to a season-low one goal, today's win makes it their sixth shut-out of the season.

"We came off a three game road trip and we didn't have as much legs as we normally have but I think Maryland's the same way," said head coach Steve Swanson. He added, "I think you have to credit Maryland. They played very hard and gave us everything they had defensively, but we're very happy with the result."

UVa continues ACC play next Sunday as they take on Clemson at 2 p.m.

 

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