Junior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy made a season-high 10 saves, but it was not enough as UNCW dropped a 2-0 decision against top-ranked Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Klöckner Stadium on Friday evening.
The loss ends the Seahawks’ season with a 15-7-1 record, while upping Virginia’s mark to 18-1-2. The Cavaliers advance to the third round on Sunday afternoon where they will host USC at 2 p.m.
After a scoreless first half, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute when junior midfielder Alexis Shaffer blasted an 18-yard shot into the top left corner of the goal. Just over 10 minutes later, senior forward Makenzy Doniak upped the advantage to 2-0 when she converted a four-yard shot past Huddy.
The Seahawks set a school record by playing their 23rd game of the season, falling to 1-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to splitting two games in this year’s tournament, UNCW dropped a 3-0 decision against Georgia in the first round of the 2009 tournament.
Seniors Lindsey Byrne, Maddie McCormick, Kartina Guillou and Morgan Leyble all played their 80th career games against Virginia on Friday night. They are four of eight players in school history to appear in 80 or more career games.
Volleyhawks roll past Tribe in CAA Quarterfinals
Freshman Maddy Kline’s 14 kills and Meredith Peacock’s 10 blocks led UNCW into the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of sixth-seeded William & Mary on Friday at Sinclair Gymnasium in the league’s championship tournament.
The third-seeded Seahawks improved to 22-7 with the win, while the Tribe saw its season end with a 10-20 record.
Kline’s 14 kills were both a match and career-high and she was joined in double figures by Kristen Powell, who finished with 10 kills. UNCW out-hit the Tribe, .256-.028, including .407-.000 in the third set.
Setters Alyssa Desjardins and Bella Borgiotti combined for 35 assists, while Desjardins added eight digs and Borgiotti three blocks.
At the net, Peacock matched her own CAA tournament school record of 10 blocks. UNCW posted six of its 13 blocks on the night in the first set. Powell and Kline chipped in four blocks apiece.
The Seahawks face second-seed Towson at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals on Saturday. The match will be streamed on CAA TV.