The Virginia women’s soccer team’s rise to No. 1 this season has been exciting for the team and fans alike. Two Cavaliers may be enjoying the ride as much as anyone, though. After all, fifth-year seniors Kate Norbo and Morgan Stith weren’t originally supposed to be on this year’s team. Season-ending injuries in 2011, however, led to hardship waivers and an extra year – an extra sweet year as it turns out – on the field at UVa.
Both Norbo and Stith are key pieces of this undefeated team’s success. Norbo, who tore her ACL to end her 2011 season, is part of the offense-generating midfield for the Hoos and she has started 15 games on the year. Stith, who endured a leg fracture, has started 16 games and helps anchor the team’s defense, which has allowed just 9 goals. UVa has outscored the opposition 52-9 so far this season.
The two close friends are enjoying this special time at Virginia, a place they both love after their experience at the University.
Of course, neither Norbo nor Stith is ready to spend too much time reflecting on their time at Virginia just yet. There are still a lot of team goals left on the table for the No. 1 Cavaliers. They wrap up the regular season with a three-game homestand that starts with Miami on Thursday night before turning their attention to the postseason.
The fifth-year duo is ready to help the team stay united and focused as the season winds down.