No. 7 Virginia Field Hockey scores two early goals, knocks out No. 5 Louisville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team (6-3, 2-1 ACC) earned a 2-0 win over No. 5 Louisville (8-2, 0-2 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 30 at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rookie Daniela Mendez-Trendler scored twice in the first period, which turned out to be the only offense the Cavaliers needed.

First-year goaltender Jet Trimborn (3-0) earned her second straight shutout. The reigning conference defensive player of the week hasn’t given up a goal in 144:07 of ACC action so far.

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Virginia set the tone early on, scoring her first goal 2:26 into the game. Senior Laura Janssen took off on a breakaway, sending a laser pass to Mendez-Trendler in front of the net. Mendez-Trendler took on the goaltender one-on-one, winning the showdown to give the Cavaliers the lead.

With just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Mendez-Trendler raced through the middle of the pack. She passes to Anneloes Knol who takes the ball into the circle and takes a shot. Knol grabbed a rebound from the goalie’s pads and came back to an open Mendez-Trendler who hit it to give UVA a 2-0 lead at 11:48.

Louisville’s best scoring chance came three minutes into the fourth quarter when a foul just in front of goal resulted in a penalty kick for the Cardinals, but Aimee Plumb’s attempt went wide, saving the 2 score. -0.

The Cardinals had four penalty corners in the final eight minutes of the game, but three attempts were blocked and the fourth was saved by Trimborn.

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  • Virginia held a 12-9 shooting advantage. Six of Louisville’s nine shots came in the fourth quarter
  • Louisville held a 5-1 advantage in penalty corners
  • Jet Trimborn made four stops
  • Louisville’s Sasha Elliott made six saves
  • Daniela Mendez-Trendler’s goals were her third and fourth of the season
  • Laura Janssen and Anneloes Knol were credited with assists


“We had a good week of training. The team finds its rhythm. They found him today. They have fun doing it. We were able to find ourselves on the pitch and create an attack out of defence.


The Cavaliers wrap up their homestand by hosting No. 19 William & Mary on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

Catherine J. Martinez