No. 8 Virginia Shuts Out No. 15 USC To Win Virginia Nike Soccer Classic

Sept. 14, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 8 Virginia women's soccer team won its own tournament for the first time since 1999 with a 3-0 win over No. 15 USC at Klöckner Stadium.

Virginia (4-1-1) took little time getting on the board, as Kelly Hammond scored on the team's first shot of the game in the second minute. Hammond one-timed a cros s from tournament MVP Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) to give the Cavaliers the lead. Virginia would maintain that advantage into the half.

In the second half, the Cavaliers would make the score 2-0 on their first shot of the second half in the 51st minute. Katie Bunch sprung a breaking Sarah Huffman on the right side. Huffman delivered a cross into the box that was defelected by Lindsay Gusick just inside the far post. Gusick would tally the final goal of the game in the 83rd minute as Shannon Foley dribbled along the end line and found Gusick unmarked 10 yards out for the one-timer.

Overall, Virginia outshot USC 10-6. Anne Abernethy made three saves in net for UVa while posting her 13th career shutout. Julie Peterson made four saves at the other end for the Women of Troy.

USC concludes a difficult six-game road trip to start the 2003 season and will play its first home games of the season, starting on Friday (Sept. 19) against St. Mary's at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field.

No. 8 Virginia 3, No. 15 USC 0

USC (2-3-1) 0-0---0Virginia (4-1-1) 1-2---3

1. UVa. Hammond (Keselica, Lane) 1:262. UVa. Gusick (Huffman, Bunch) 50:573. UVa. Gusick (Foley) 82:05

Shots: UVa 10, USC 6Corners: UVa 5, USC 4Saves: UVa 3, USC 5Fouls: UVa 5, USC 8Attendance: 654

2003 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic All-Tournament

MVP - Noelle Keselica - VirginiaBecky Sauerbrunn - VirginiaSarah Huffman - VirginiaJoanna Lohman - Penn StateHeidi Drummond - Penn StateTiffany Weimer - Penn StateJessica Ballweg - Santa ClaraLeslie Osborne - Santa ClaraVeronica Zepeda - Santa ClaraNikki Goza - USCMegan Abbamonto - USCHillary Schwarzbach - USC
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