UVA men's soccer shuts out American
CHARLOTTESVILLE Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- UVA men's soccer cruised past American 2-0 in their last home appearance until October.
After 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Virginia grew into the game and dictated play as the Cavaliers created a pair of chances for Phil Horton early on. However, despite the Cavaliers managing seven shots compared to American’s one in the opening 45 minutes, Virginia was unable to unlock the Eagles’ defense in the first half as the teams went into the break scoreless.
"I mean we would have liked to come in at halftime up a goal but they're also not an easy team to play against," explained head coach George Gelnovatch, "They were pretty organized defensively and they were hard to play against i did think we wore them down defensively and the second half was a good professional performance from our stand point and i made more player substitutions and I think that added a little energy to the second half and of course getting the first goal was important."
With nearly 50 minutes gone, Virginia’s Axel Ahlander headed a ball destined for the low corner of goal but was saved by the opposing goalkeeper. On the ensuing corner kick, Paul Wiese played a threatening ball just outside the American six-yard box. The Eagles’ attempted clearance fell to the feet of second-half substitution, Sullins who did not miss his chance as he fired Virginia into the lead.
"Kind of a shakey start in the first half," said freshman forward Andy Sullins, "But I think we really stuck together and fought hard in the second half and that's how we got that 2-0 result."
The Cavaliers continued to push on in the attacking end as the team searched for another. In the 83rd minute of play, Horton made an excellent challenge on the American goalkeeper who left his penalty area to deal with the danger. As the ball tumbled away from the diving goalkeeper, Ubogu slotted it into the low corner of the net to seal the victory for Virginia.