The No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 1-0 win against ACC foe Clemson in South Carolina Sunday.
The Cavaliers (9-1-1, 2-0-1 ACC) once again controlled possession for most of the game in another stellar offensive showing. Virginia outshot Clemson 7-2 in the first half, but failed to find the breakthrough goal against a tough Tiger defense led by freshman goalkeeper Hunter Rittgers.
With the score still level in the second half, Clemson continued to focus on defense to try to preserve the scoreless tie, overloading the midfield and backfield and rarely venturing into Virginia territory. On one of their few offensive runs, the Tigers deflected a shot off Cavalier junior goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle’s leg, but the play was called back for offsides.
Virginia continued desperately to seek the go-ahead goal, launching another 10 shots while holding Clemson without an attempt after the Tigers’ near score. In the 81st minute, Cavalier senior midfielder Erica Hollenberg finally found the long-awaited goal. Hollenberg took a pass from freshman forward Makenzy Doniak in the box and beat Rittgers for her first goal of the season. The late strike left little time for the Tigers to find an equalizer as the Virginia defense held on for the 1-0 win and registered its ninth shutout of the season.
Virginia returns to action Thursday when they head to College Park to take on rival No. 17 Maryland before closing out the weekend with a crucial matchup against No. 4 Duke in Charlottesville Sunday.