Posted: 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
By Tim Mulholland
While most of the ACC was watching Virginia Tech's godawful helmets scrape out a win against Georgia Tech's trigger happy, butter-fingered offense, the Virginia women's soccer team was putting its undefeated record on the line on the road against the Duke Blue Devils.
Perhaps our team was focused on trying to figure out what the bar code was on the side of the Hokies helmets rather than on the game itself. But whatever the reason, the ladies went into halftime down 0-2. That's not a hole you want to be in on the road.
I think my reaction to that situation was best summed up by Brian's tweet last night:
But fear not, Cavalier fans! This team is ranked #1 in the country for a reason!
The match against the Blue Devils was the third consecutive ACC road contest for Virginia. In both of the previous two, the 'Hoos had rallied from a deficit to win. Against Boston College they were down 0-1 and came back to win 2-1. Against Pittsburgh, they were again down 0-1 and came back to win 3-1.
Would they do it again? Of course they would.
The Cavaliers ensured fans would not have to wait long in the second half, tying the score with two goals in the first five minutes of the second period. Junior Morgan Brian scored on a through ball from fellow junior Danielle Colaprico in the 47th minute. Not to be outdone, sophomore Makenzy Doniak took a long pass from senior Molly Menchel and lobbed it over the goalie's head. That was in the 49th minute.
It was senior Gloria Douglas who had the honor of putting the Cavaliers on top. Her one-timer off a cross from fellow senior Shasta Fisher squeaked past the goalie in the 80th minute.
The 10 wins is Virginia's longest win streak since 1990. With a 10-0-0 record, the Cavaliers are the nations only unbeaten and untied team.
The Cavaliers return home from their road trip on Sunday to face Maryland at 2pm. The Terrapins are ranked #22 in the country, but hold only a 6-4-0 (2-2-0 ACC) record. Their two conference losses have come against ranked foes Virginia Tech (#21) and Notre Dame (#3).They also beat then-#3 Wake Forest and unranked Clemson. Their two non-conference losses were against ranked foes Santa Clara and Stanford. So this will certainly be a tough test for the Cavaliers.