Sep 8, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – A third-minute strike from Makenzy Doniak gave #5/#4 Virginia an early lead that they would not relinquish, as the Cavaliers defeated the Seton Hall women’s soccer team, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.
The Pirates (1-4-1) have struggled to get on the board first thus far in 2013, surrendering the first goal in all but one game; a 2-0 victory over Army on August 30.
Despite the score line, redshirt goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) delivered a standout performance against the unbeaten hosts as UVa. kept the SHU net under consistent pressure on the day.
Doniak’s tally came just 145 seconds into proceedings as she collected a through ball from midfielder Morgan Brian - who is a fresh off an appearance with the U.S. Women’s National Team earlier in the week – and sent home a right-footed strike for her fourth goal of the season.
The Cavaliers produced five more shots at goal before the 10-minute mark but Pettigrew was there to stop both of the efforts that were on target.
Senior forward Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) threatened to level the score for The Hall in the 13th minute but her shot was turned away by UVa. keeper Morgan Stearns.
Over the next nine minutes following Ritter’s try at goal, Virginia launched seven shots at the Pirates’ net and on the seventh, Brian stretched the home team’s lead to 2-0 as the beneficiary of a piece of build-up play for the Cavaliers.
Doniak fed teammate Danielle Colaprico who played Brian in with a through ball and the junior curled a right-footed strike into the upper 90 and outside of the reach of Pettigrew.
Heading into halftime, Pettigrew denied five consecutive shots for the Cavaliers; a stretch highlighted by sequence where she stoned Morgan Reuther twice in quick succession as the Kearny product helped hold the margin at 2-0 when the whistle blew for intermission.
Soon after the restart, Pettigrew was called into action by shots from Brian and Gloria Douglas but she was again up to the task, limiting the success for a Virginia attack that enjoyed a 36-3 advantage in attempts on Sunday.
In the 55th minute, sophomore Amanda Gulli (Toms River, N.J.) found herself in on goal with a chance to slice the deficit in half but she was unable to get past Danielle DeLisle who took over in net for Virginia to start the second half.
Off the ensuing corner kick sophomore Alexis Urbanski (Aberdeen, N.J.) got another look at goal for the Pirates but her shot cleared the crossbar.
With just over 16 minutes played in the second period, freshman Cathy Chukuka (Marlboro, N.J.) was whistled for a foul inside the SHU area. Brian stepped up and put the ball on the spot for the penalty kick and increased the lead to 3-0 with a shot that beat Pettigrew to the right.
The Seton Hall defense was stout the rest of the way as the action remained tilted toward the Pirates’ defensive third. Pettigrew made five more saves, finishing the afternoon by stopping the final 12 shots she faced in the run of play; setting a new career-high by saving 15 of the 18 shots the Virginia put on target.
Her 15 saves are the most in a single-game by any goalkeeper in the 26-year history of the tournament.
Chukuka, who played all but four minutes for the Pirates in defense over the weekend and senior Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) were named to the All-Tournament team for The Hall.
The three goals match a season-low for offensive powerhouse Virginia (6-0-0) as the Cavaliers have now outscored their opposition 25-3 after scoring a 6-0 victory over Rutgers on Friday as part of the tournament as well.
Seton Hall will return to Owen T. Carroll field for the first time in three matches this week when they take on the Princeton Tigers on Thursday, September 12.