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No. 2 Virginia Wins 34th Straight Home Game, 2-0 Over Cal Poly at Nike Classic

No. 2 Virginia Wins 34th Straight Home Game, 2-0 Over Cal Poly at Nike Classic

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 2-ranked Virginia women's soccer team topped Cal Poly 2-0 to open the Nike Classic on Friday evening. It was just the second time in the Cavaliers' past 18 regular-season games outside of the ACC being limited to no more than two goals.

Cal Poly held off Virginia (2-0-0) — last season's runner-up in the national championship game — for the first half-hour in Klöckner Stadium, the site of a now 34-match home winning streak (the NCAA's sixth-longest ever).

Then in the 31st minute, Virginia — the first of five preseason national top-20 opponents the Mustangs will take on by Sept. 27 — saw Veronica Latsko cross in to Courtney Petersen, who scored from six yards out.

The Cavaliers added to the lead in the 40th, when Petersen turned an Alexis Shaffer corner kick into a cross directed to Emily Sonnett for a header making it 2-0.

Mustang goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti finished with 13 saves (including three within the first three minutes), tying for the third-most in a single match in school history.

Included among the baker's dozen of denials by the reigning All-Big West Conference Second Team honoree were three coming against 2014 U.S. U-20 World Cup member Makenzy Doniak.

Giannetti's effort brought her career saves total to 306 — just one back of equaling the all-time program record set by Kristina Grigaitis from 1993-96. Giannetti, a fourth-year starter and co-captain, was making her 61st start since 2012.

Cal Poly (0-1-2) created its share of chances, as senior Elise Krieghoff got a shot off in the fifth minute (wide) before another attempt in the 16th (high).

Krieghoff also took a 63rd-minute shot that went wide, and junior Cassandra Fäsi headed a Krieghoff corner kick to start the second half that was stopped by Morgan Stearns.

Virginia was issued two yellow cards after the break.

Cal Poly will stay in town to take on Richmond (1-1-0) in a neutral-field match at 9 a.m. PDT Sunday. The Spiders began the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Delaware earlier Friday.

File Photo by Noel Danseco