Field Hockey extends hot streak
First road trip of season provides wins against Yale, No. 8 Old Dominion
The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season last weekend with road wins against Yale and No. 8 Old Dominion. The Cavaliers exploded offensively, scoring 11 goals and outshooting the two opponents a combined 48-16.
Freshman forward Caleigh Foust paced the Cavaliers in the two games with six goals on a pair of hat tricks. She now has seven goals on the season, matched only by senior Elly Buckley, who had four goals of her own during the weekend.
The Cavaliers opened the weekend in New Haven against the Bulldogs (1-1), who were facing their first competition of the season. The Cavaliers completely controlled the match against Yale, taking a 5-0 lead before the Bulldogs were finally able to score a goal.
Foust began the Cavalier onslaught 10 minutes into the contest from a Buckley assist. Fellow freshman Riley Tata followed with a goal — her third in three games — and Foust struck again to bring the score to 3-0 at halftime. Within the first five minutes of the second period, Buckley scored two goals to put the game out of reach. Yale senior forward Gabby Garcia put the Bulldogs on the board, but it proved to be too late. Foust then scored a third goal to seal a 6-1 Virginia victory.
The Cavaliers faced a much more challenging opponent in Old Dominion (1-3) Sunday, but the result was similar — the Cavaliers’ offensive firepower was too much for the opponent to overcome. The Monarchs were ranked eighth despite just one win, because of a tough schedule to open the season, facing No. 2 Maryland, No. 6 Penn State and the No. 7 Cavaliers in just four games.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game and never looked back. Foust opened the scoring for Virginia, while Buckley followed with two goals in the span of seven seconds. The Monarchs, however, brought the score within one at 3-2 before the half was over.
Foust quickly responded to open the second half with an unassisted goal to bring the Cavalier lead to two. ODU came back within one goal with just more than five minutes remaining in the contest, but after pulling their goalkeeper, Foust found the back of net for the sixth time that weekend to secure a 5-3 Cavalier victory.
Virginia will face Richmond this Wednesday before travelling to Burlington, Vt. to face Vermont and Maine next weekend.