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Red Flash Women's Soccer Bounced in NCAA Tournament

Top ranked Cavaliers take down St. Francis in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - The no. 1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers were as advertised as they turned back Saint Francis U, 5-0, in NCAA Women's College Cup action Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.

The setback marked the end of the road for the Northeast Conference Champion Red Flash, which finished with a 13-8-1 mark.  Virginia advances to the round of 32 after improving to 21-1-0.

"It's a tough task to play the top team in the nation like we did tonight," said SFU coach Brenda van Stralen.  "Right now, I'm just proud of the performance of our team and how they executed our game plan."

"It's an unbelievable experience to get to play in a game like this, especially for our seniors.  To make it to the NCAA tournament twice in your career is an incredible accomplishment."

Makenzy Doniak led the way for UVA with a hat trick.  The Cavaliers put a total of 11 shots on goal while surrendering two.

Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of play.  Kate Norbo delivered a pass to Doniak, who fired a shot from the middle of the box for the goal. Two minutes later, Doniak struck again after intercepting a back-pass to the keeper and firing a shot past her for the second goal of the night.

The lead was extended to 3-0 in the 31st minute as Brian headed in a corner kick from Colaprico for her 13th goal of the season. The Cavaliers took that advantage into the break.

Doniak completed her hat trick in the 63rd minute as she headed in a cross from Colaprico and closed out the scoring in the 83rd minute with Brittany Ratcliffe's 12th goal of the season.

SFU rookie goalkeeper Abbey Collins (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) made six saves on the evening and the Red Flash defense did its part by forcing a vast majority of Cavalier shots off-target.

The loss turns the page on an outstanding chapter in Saint Francis and Northeast Conference women's soccer history.  The six graduated Red Flash seniors represent the most decorated class in the league's history.

Tesa McKibben (Cogan Station, Pa./Montoursville), who registered two shots in the contest, will graduate as the first-ever NCAA Division I four-time conference player of the year and Alecia McNiff (Marietta, Pa./Donegal ) as the first student-athlete to win multiple NEC Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Along with McKibben and McNiff, Laura Stayrook (Johnstown, Pa./Richland), Barbara Maros de Carvalho (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Sagrado Coraco de Jesus), Beatriz Maros de Carvalho (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Sagrado Coraco de Jesus) and Ellie Gavin (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) ranked as the 30th most successful senior class in the nation over their careers.  The group has been a part of NEC tournament championships in 2010 and 2013 and three consecutive NEC regular season titles (2011, 2012 and 2013).

--St. Francis Athletic Communications


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