Nov. 29, 2013
| Highlights | Press Conference
Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Klöckner Stadium)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #1 Virginia 2, #11 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (18-4-1), Virginia (24-1-0)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team saw its dream season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, dropping a 2-1 decision at top-ranked Virginia on Friday (Nov. 29) inside Klöckner Stadium. Senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) scored the lone goal for Michigan, her third of the postseason.
Virginia struck first in the 24th minute on a goal from Morgan Brian. With U-M a little out of sorts on defense, Makenzy Doniak took the ball on the far side and slipped it behind the Wolverines defense to Brian, who tapped the shot into the near corner past a diving attempt by freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield).
Michigan tied the game four and a half minutes later. Senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) won the ball on the near side of the field. After fending off a Virginia defender, Ezurike turned and slotted a ball to Toohey in the center of the box. She brought the ball down, touched it once and slipped a shot by Virginia goalkeeper Morgan Stearns into the lower-left corner to tie the match at 1-1. The two teams went into the half deadlocked, but Virginia had the majority of possession and had an advantage in shots, 15-2.
The first half of the second frame was dominated by Virginia, as Michigan was forced to do a ton of defending. The Cavaliers broke the tie in the 68th minute on a goal from Molly Menchel. A cross into the far side bounced off the post and Bucklin dove for it. As it came back into play, Menchel followed up the attempt, tapping it into the net for the 2-1 lead with 22 minutes to go.
Bucklin and the back line stood tall all evening despite being pelted with shots. The freshman goalkeeper made four saves.
The Wolverines close out the season having set or tied multiple program bests, including highest finish in both the Big Ten Conference (second) and in the NCAA Tournament (Elite Eight), while tying the single-season record for wins (18). Led by seven seniors, U-M won 34 matches over the last two seasons, the most in a two-year stretch in program history.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- UVA, Morgan Brian, 23:09 (Makenzy Doniak)
1st -- U-M, Meghan Toohey, 27:38 (Nkem Ezurike)
2nd -- UVA, Molly Menchel, 67:56 (unassisted)
Shots: U-M 4, UVA 22
Shots on Goal: U-M 2, UVA 6
Saves: U-M 4 (Taylor Bucklin), UVA 1 (Morgan Stearns)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, UVA 7
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423