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Virginia overwhelms Penn State
August 31st, 2013 4:35AM

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[WOMEN'S COLLEGE: Friday] Virginia had never beaten Penn State at Kloeckner Stadium, but the No. 6 Cavaliers made no mistake on Friday with a 5-1 win over the No. 7 Nittany Lions. Five different Cavs scored as Virginia made back from an early 1-0 deficit to record a four-goal victory over a top-10 opponent for second straight game.

“This was another good result for us,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “It is still early in the season and we are still evolving as a team. No matter the result of this game, we are doing some things really well. We might be playing at a high level, especially for this point in the season, but we still aren’t where we want to be. The great teams get better throughout the year. From what I have seen from this group so far, they are not content with where they are, they want to get better.”

Maya Hayes gave the Nittany Lions the lead in the seventh minute, but the Cavaliers responded with three goals in an eight-minute span. U.S. national team call-up Morgan Brian drew Virginia even in the 14th minute, Makenzy Doniak then gave Virginia the lead, and Kate Norbo scored on a breakaway to extend the advantage to 3-1.
 
Shasta Fisher and Brittany Ratcliffe (her team-leading fourth goal of the season) added goals after intermission. Gloria Douglas and Danielle Colaprico each had a pair of assists for the Cavs, who finished with a 27-9 edge in shots.

Upset Central ...

-- Tennessee got second-half goals from Cheyenne Spade and Hannah Wilkinson to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat No. 21 UCF, 2-1, on the road, but the star was goalie Julie Eckel with six saves. “Julie Eckel is an absolute stud,” UT coach Brian Pensky said. “She made some big-time saves."

-- No. 15 Michigan had to settle for a 1-1 tie at home with Eastern Michigan, and No. 11 South Carolina played to a scoreless time with Boston University.

SEMINOLES GAIN SEPARATION. No. 5 Florida State earned its biggest win over No. 19 Florida with a 3-0 shutout over the Gators thanks to three first-half goals.

Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored two goals in a span of 129 seconds in the first half for her first career multi-goal game, while Michaela Hahn added a goal and an assist as the Seminoles defeated the Gators for the third year in a row.
 
“Every time we play the University of Florida, it’s a hard-fought game between two good teams,” said Seminole coach Mark Krikorian. “We capitalized on some opportunities in the first half and we were able to separate the game a little bit."

Freshman Watch ...

-- Highly regarded goalie Kaela Little earned a shutout in her first start for No. 4 Notre Dame as the Irish beat Oakland, 4-0,  on the opening night of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. She preserved the shutout with a brilliant diving stop on Serena San Cartier’s mini-breakaway in the final minute.

-- Freshman Darian Jenkins scored her third goal in as many games to lead No. 2 UCLA back from a 1-0 deficit after 45 seconds against No. 25 Marquette in the first game in South Bend. She equalized for UCLA in the fifth minute after Ashley Handwork put Marquette ahead, and UCLA won on Sam Mewis' first goal of the season in the 61st minute.

MAC ATTACK. Samford earned back-to-back wins over SEC opponents for the first time as the Bulldogs beat Auburn, 1-0, to follow up on last Sunday's win over Tennessee by the same score. Malcanisha Kelley scored the game-winning goal against the Tigers.
 
“Mac is from Childersburg, Ala.," said Samford head coach Todd Yelton said after the Bulldogs' first win over Auburn in eight meetings, "and that is directly between Auburn and Birmingham, so I’m certain there are a lot of people in her hometown that are huge Auburn fans."

Milestones ...

-- No. 10 West Virginia delivered career win No. 250 for Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown as the Mountaineers trumped Central Michigan 4-0, in their home opener in front of 1,310 fans.


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