Virginia Eliminated from NCAA Tournament in Penalty Kicks
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The UVA men's soccer season came to a dramatic end, falling to Marshall in penalty kicks 3-5.
Virginia started off the game on the attack, outshooting the herd 6-2, but a goal wouldn't come for the 'Hoos until the 28th minute. Reese Miller powered down the sideline, staying on his feet through a slide tackle, as he came near the goal he crossed the ball to Philip Horton who crashed in and finished with the shot to right post.
In just the next 2 minutes Virginia had one more chance to extend the lead. A corner kick attempt rolled to Gashi but as the ball sailed over to the upper corner it was struck down by the Marshall goalie.
"Yeah obviously we're gutted," started junior forward Philip Horton, "We thought we deserved more but that's how the game goes sometimes getting knocked out in penalty kicks. It's never easy but we'll pick ourselves and more on."
Marshall started the second half out strong, creating chances of their own in front of the goal. Goalie Holden Brown stood strong until Marshall broke through in the 20th minute on a rebound.
In the late stages of the first overtime period, Virginia had its best chance at taking the lead once again. An in-swinging ball from a corner kick was loose inside the six-yard box as the Marshall goalkeeper was caught out. Moritz Kappelsberger deflected it goalward, but the chance was eventually snuffed out as the goalkeeper recovered and gobbled up the loose ball.
"Yeah going on for 110 minutes is always super tiring for all of us," explained senior defender Andreas Ueland, "I mean this week has been pretty tough on everyone in this community and we just wanted to play our hearts out for them so it's sad."
After two rounds of overtime, it was the Herd that would take it away in penalty kicks. This is the second consecutive game in which the Cavaliers have fallen in penalty kicks, drawing their season to a close.