The Virginia women's soccer team continued its vicious schedule last week with road trips to Wake Forest and Duke, two top 15 teams. A pair of 1-0 victories gave the Cavaliers a 7-2-1 record, a 303-minute streak without allowing a goal and a No. 7 ranking in the latest Soccer America poll, which was released yesterday.
"There's nothing better than playing a top 25 team," said senior Noelle Keselica (Watkins Mill), who has four goals and two assists. "It shows the true strength of our team, where we are and where we can go."
A year ago, Virginia won its first ACC championship before being knocked off by Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers were then forced to replace their entire back line, matching a sophomore and two freshmen with junior Becky Sauerbrunn, who missed the entire 2004 season while playing at the under-19 world championships in Thailand.
That new defense has allowed one goal over the last four games; goalkeeper Christina de Vries tied the school record with her 17th career shutout in Sunday's win at Duke and was named the ACC's player of the week.
"Our goals are always the same: We want to go after another ACC championship and win the NCAA championship, and our team knows that," Coach Steve Swanson said. . . .
Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski will again try to get his 200th career win tonight in a home game against William & Mary. The No. 17 Terps began this season 5-1 and were ranked third before consecutive 1-0 road losses to Penn State and N.C. State. Senior Jason Garey will become Maryland's all-time leading goal scorer with his next goal. . . . The Georgetown women (9-1-1) have recorded five shutouts during a seven-game win streak. Sophomore goalkeeper Jade Higgins has 12 shutouts in her career, the most in school history. . . .
The George Mason men's and women's teams will host an on-campus clinic Saturday to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The cost is $25; the clinic, which begins at 1 p.m., is open to players of all skill levels. . . . Georgetown junior forward Ricky Schramm was named the Big East offensive player of the week. . . . Division III Hood College's men's team is 6-1 and has won five straight matches. The Blazers went 1-12 last year in their inaugural season.
Georgetown senior kicker Brad Scoffern was named the Patriot League special teams player of the week. Scoffern placed three second-half punts inside the 20-yard line, and also made a 19-yard field goal and an extra point in Georgetown's 10-7 win over Stony Brook. . . . Catholic quarterback Keith Ricca and defensive back Nick Olivero were named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's offensive and defensive players of the week. Ricca threw for 407 yards and four touchdowns in Catholic's 28-24 win over Randolph-Macon, while Olivero made 11 tackles.
Maryland's volleyball team is 12-0 for the first time since 1997, and has won 18 of its last 19 matches dating from last season. . . . The American volleyball team's 3-0 win over Colgate on Saturday was the Eagles' 66th consecutive Patriot League victory. Senior Cutrina Biddulph was named Patriot League player of the week. . . . American sophomore Maggie Hall and senior Maureen Daniel were named Patriot League offensive and defensive field hockey players of the week. The Eagles are 8-0 and ranked fourth in the country.