CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 SPORTS)-- UVA men's soccer shuts out Pitt 1-0 to advance to ACC semifinals thanks to a big night from goal keeper Holden Brown.

Pitt attacked early but Brown set the tone for the rainy match as he came up with a big stop in the first few minutes of play. Shortly after the save Virginia found their own footing offensively as Leo Afonso and Axel Ahlander both put solid shots in front of the Pitt goal.

"In tonight's performance, Holden was excellent yeah but it was a post season professional performance. Holden had nine saves but they didn't get great chances. In fact we probably had better chances," said UVA soccer coach George Gelnovatch.

The cavaliers broke through in the 21st minute as Daniel Mangarov crossed the ball to Reese Miller in front of the goal. Miller crashed in and shot the ball past Pitt goal and into the back right of the net.

As the game went on it was the Holden Brown and the defense that proved to be the difference. Just minutes after the Cavaliers grabbed the lead, Pitt’s Michael Sullivan rocketed a shot off the crossbar coming mere inches from leveling the score. Brown continued to handle the pressure as Pitt’s Rodrigo Almeida almost broke through. After making the save Brown jumped to his feet and blocked the next rebound from  Lucas Rosa, registering his 6th and 7th saves of the day.

"I haven't had to do too much all year. Like I said earlier the back line has been doing really good for me so when my name is called I try to do my best to get a hand on it and today I did," explained junior goal keeper Holden Brown, "It can be difficult sometimes especially when you turn around and you see ya know 3 minutes left on the clock and someone running down on the left side so sometimes you just have to take your mind off the game and focus on what you can to do the best for your team."

UVA men's soccer will travel to take on Syracuse in the ACC semifinals on Wednesday November 9th.