For the third straight match it was senior Meghan McCool (No. 22) from Glenside that delivered a game-winner as No. 1 Virginia (13-0-3, 5-0-3 ACC) raced to a 3-0 victory over No. 12 Louisville (11-2-2, 4-2-2 ACC) on October 24th at Klöckner Stadium. McCool is a graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
McCool turned in a brace, scoring in both halves to help the Cavaliers remain undefeated on the season and also stay undefeated all-time against the Cardinals. Virginia is now 7-0-0 in the all-time series with Louisville.
It marked the third consecutive match against Louisville that saw McCool hit the game-winner to lift Virginia past the Cardinals. She hit the game-winning goal in both meetings a year ago.
The shutout victory was the seventh straight in ACC play for the Cavaliers and the 12th overall this season. The Virginia defense held the Cardinals to only two shots on night and only one on goal.
McCool got the first goal of the night in the 23rd minute off a pass from Rebecca Jarrett. Bringing the ball up the right side, Jarrett cut in toward the top of the box and played the ball ahead to McCool who was waiting just inside the 18. The senior turned and fired the left-footed shot and in the upper corner past the left post.
The senior got her second goal of the night in the 58th minute, again striking from near the top of the box. This time freshman Diana Ordonez took a pass from Sydney Zandi on a run down the middle of the field. As she approached the box, Ordonez laid the ball off to her left for McCool, who chipped the ball up over the keeper and in for the 2-0 lead.
Virginia will return to action on Sunday (Oct. 27), hosting Boston College at 1 p.m. It will close out the home portion of the regular season for the Cavaliers.
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