#1 UVa Women's Soccer Strolls To ACC Semi's with 6-1 Win Over MD
The top ranked Virginia women's soccer team celebrated its first 20-win season Sunday as the Cavaliers downed Maryland 6-1 in the ACC quarterfinals.
The Wahoos will advance to the ACC Semifinals Friday in Cary, N.C., where they will meet Virginia Tech.
UVa head coach Steve Swanson said, "Sometimes it doesn't always work out that way and maybe you go in and you move forward with an ugly win, but this was a good performance and I thought it was an entire team performance too."
Junior midfielder Morgan Brian led the Cavs with two goals and an assist.
Despite the Terps going up to the 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, the Cavaliers fired back with six unanswered goals, four of which were put away in the first half.
"When we got down, it's really not a big deal for us," said Brian. "I think since we have such a close team and we believe in each other more than anything. We got together and we said look, I think that goal was a bit lucky and there's a lot more in store and a lot of minutes to be played in this game and for us that's exactly what we did. We came back and we have a lot of confidence in each other."
Overall, Virginia outshot Maryland 24-5 and had an 8-3 corner kick advantage.
Annie Steinlage had two assists for the Cavs.
Steinlage said, "We've got a lot of people scoring goals, so it helps to know that we have a lot of people coming off the bench, and on the field who are starting, who can contribute a lot."
The semifinal match will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
"Every team wants to win the game - it's tournament time," said Steinlage. "Every game means the world. Everybody has a target. We definitely have one, but you know I think we're fine with that."
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