BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Third-ranked Virginia concluded a two-game trip to Alabama with a 3-1 win at Samford Sunday. The Cavaliers (5-0-0) remained unbeaten on the season with the win, while the Bulldogs (3-3-0) saw their three-game win streak snapped.
Senior Morgan Brian had a goal and an assist to lead Virginia offensively. Junior Brittany Ratcliffe and freshman Veronica Latsko also scored for the Cavaliers, who have tallied at least three goals in every game this season.
“We did some good things today, but I thought we lost our way in the second half,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “I think you have to give a lot of credit to Samford. They pressured us well in the second half and made it difficult.
“There are a lot of good lessons we can take from this game,” Swanson continued, “and that is going to happen with a young team. We just need to make sure we learn from this game as we prepare for the upcoming week.”
Virginia took the lead in the 17th minute on Ratcliffe’s fourth goal of the season. Emily Sonnett sent a ball over the top to Brian, who delivered a cross that Ratcliffe one-timed in from inside the six-yard box.
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The Cavaliers doubled their lead just before the half. Megan Reid dribbled into the box in the 41st minute and found Brian, who slotted home her first goal of the season. Virginia had an 11-1 shot advantage heading into the break.
Samford cut the lead in half in the 52nd minute as Malcanisha Kelley received the ball on the right flank and curled a shot inside the far post. It was her second goal of the season and the first allowed by the Cavaliers this season.
The Cavaliers answered in the 64th minute to extend the lead to 3-1. Danielle Colaprico served a free kick into the box that Latsko one-timed in for her second goal of the season.
Virginia outshot Samford, 18-3, for the game and had a 4-2 corner kick advantage. Sophomore Morgan Stearns made one save while playing the first half in goal for the Cavaliers, before sophomore Jessie Ferrari played the second half. Anna Maddox made four saves in goal for Samford.