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Canes Unable to Overcome Virginia’s Hot Start

Canes Unable to Overcome Virginia’s Hot Start

by Josh White

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Sophomore Katerina Molina netted her team-leading third goal, but the University of Miami soccer team fell to No. 2 Virginia, 6-1, at Klöckner Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (15-1-1, 8-0-1 ACC), who sit atop the conference table, scored six times in the opening 28 minutes. Forwards Haley Hopkins and Diana Ordoñez both tallied five points, including a brace and an assist apiece.

Miami (4-11, 1-8 ACC) scored its lone tally in the 30th minute when redshirt sophomore Jackie Koerwitz led Molina down the left sideline. Molina danced her way inside the 18-yard box, shook her defender and slipped one past Virginia goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. With the goal, the Miami native paces the Canes with seven points.

Twenty Hurricanes appeared in Sunday’s affair, including Annie Blair, Julia Edwards, Lauren Meeks and Taylor Shell, who all hail from Virginia.

Senior goalkeeper Tyler Speaks entered the match following the intermission and posted a season-high four saves in the second half. Meanwhile, freshman defender Hallie Salas earned her first career start.

Miami wraps up its 2021 campaign at 7 p.m. Thursday against No. 7 North Carolina. The Hurricanes will honor Johanna Barth, Gudrun Haralz, Selena Fortich and Speaks with a pre-match senior day ceremony.