CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- It was a big night for freshman defensive midfielder Courtney Petersen at Klöckner, scoring a goal and assisting on another as Virginia won 2-0 over Caly Poly (0-1-2) in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.
Both scoring plays came late in the first half to give the Cavaliers the win over a physical Mustang team.
“The ball movement was good tonight and we created enough chances to break the game open,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We competed very hard. We improved as a team tonight and that was something we were looking for from last week to this week. We improved in a lot of areas and got contributions from a lot of players."
Virginia got on the board in the 31st minute when sophomore forward Veronica Latsko booted the ball from the far side of the box to the foot of Petersen. Petersen fired the ball into the goal to give the Cavaliers the 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, Peterson sent the ball towards senior defensive midfielder Emily Sonnett who headed it into the net to put the 'Hoos up 2-0.
“Cal Poly is a good team," said Swanson. "They’re hard and they are tough to break down at times. I think they will win their share of games this year, so that was a good win for us.”
The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday when they host Delaware at 2:30 p.m. to close out the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic at Klöckner Stadium.