November 13, 2011
LIU women ousted from NCAA's
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Long Island University women fell to No. 5 Virginia, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend.
The Blackbirds (12-8-1) had their nine-game losing streak snapped.
The Cavaliers scored two goals in the first half.
The Cavaliers got on the board early, scoring in the fourth minute off a free kick from 22 yards. Julia Roberts served a free kick that went just over the head of junior goalkeeper Jennifer Bannon.
Virginia secured a two-goal advantage as the first half wound down, when Amber Fry found Morgan Brian, who was recently named Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year, 10 yards in front of the net. Brian sent the ball past Bannon into the left side of the net.
Senior Sarah Laughlin proved a defensive force for the Blackbirds, sending a number of threatening kicks out of LIU territory. Senior Ariana Calderon had the lone shot on goal for the Blackbirds in the first half.
In the second half, the Blackbirds came out fighting adding three shots, keeping the Virginia offense at bay. Bannon stopped a shot in the 71st minute, her second of two saves. Calderon took the ball up the far side of the field around the 80th minute charging the Virginia goal, but was called offside.
Junior Katie Egan had one of Long Island's greatest chances as the clock wound down in regulation, but her shot was wide.
The Blackbirds were out shot by the Cavaliers 19 to 4, while Virginia keeper Chantel Jones also had two saves.