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Brian double downs Miami

Cavaliers clinch second seed for upcoming ACC Tournament with fifth-consecutive conference win

The No. 5 Virginia women's soccer team concluded its regular season with a five-game winning streak by beating Miami 2-0.

With the win, the Cavaliers (13-3-2, 7-2-1 ACC) secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The team entered the game still hoping to claim the tournament's top seed, but Duke clinched the ACC regular season championship with a 1-0 victory against N.C. State last night.

The Hurricanes (9-7-1, 3-6-1 ACC) needed a tie and a Maryland loss to qualify for the ACC Tournament, and consequently decided to pack defenders in the box and focused on stopping the Cavaliers from scoring rather than pressing offensively. The compact defense effectively held off the Virginia attack for much of the night, but the Cavaliers refused to use that as an excuse for their early missed opportunities.

"We just didn't take our chances when we needed to," coach Steve Swanson said. "In the second half, we had some good looks, but give our team credit. We stuck with it and kept battling. As the second half wore on, it was just a matter of time until we got [a goal.]"

Freshman forward Morgan Brian finally solved Miami's prevent defense, breaking a scoreless tie in the 80th minute with a header off of junior midfielder Julia Roberts' free kick. Three minutes later, she struck again with a blast from the top of the box. By providing the game's only two goals of the night, the forward, who has scored in each of the past four games, upped her tally to eight goals on the season.

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