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UK women's soccer team's NCAA run ends with 7-0 loss at Virginia

The best season in University of Kentucky women's soccer history ended with a 7-0 loss to Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday.

The Wildcats, who finished 16-7-1 season, had never made that deep of a run in the NCAA Tournament. They were also the runner-up in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Virginia scored three goals in the first half, including two from MAC Hermann Award winner Morgan Brian.

The Cavaliers, ranked No. 2 nationally, advanced to play No. 1 UCLA or No. 4 Pepperdine on Saturday for a spot in the College Cup.

"First off, congratulations to Steve (Swanson) and Virginia," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "What they have built here is incredible, and they are a fantastic team. We lost 7-0, but I am still so proud of this team and what we have accomplished this season. To get to this point was something that we have never done before, and now the three seniors that are with me have set a new standard for this program. We had a great season, and congratulations to Virginia on a great game today and we wish them the best during the rest of the tournament."

The class of 2014 will go out as the winningest one in UK women's soccer history. They were 59-27-4.

That class, consisting of Arin Gilliland, Emma Brown, Stuart Pope and Maddie Lockridge, made the NCAA Tournament all four years.

Gilliland finished her illustrious four-year career with more than 7,000 minutes played. She scored 30 goals and 25 assists for 85 career points. She had a UK-record eight career game-winning goals.

Gilliland, expected to be named an All-American for a third time, is projected right now to be a top-five pick in National Women's Soccer League College Draft in January.

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