Aug. 24, 2012
GERMANTOWN, Md. - The Virginia men's soccer team opened its regular-season schedule with a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Georgetown Friday evening in the ACC/BIG EAST Challenge at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
The Hoyas won by virtue of a Virginia own goal just over six minutes into overtime.
"We had a pair of young mistakes, both in the first 30 seconds and then at the end of the game," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "But I liked how we responded to the early goal, and I was very happy with our second half. I hope that at some point later in the year we can look back at this and see how we grew from it because this is an extremely young team. I know that in the future it will benefit us, and we will grow together. Georgetown is a good team, and it's not going to get any easier next weekend."
Zach Carroll (Fr., Grand Blanc, Mich.) scored the Cavaliers' goal. UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) made a pair of saves for the Cavaliers. Tomas Gomez made three saves for Georgetown.
After getting out-shot, 4-1, in the first half, Virginia pressured Georgetown throughout the second half and out-shot the Hoyas, 8-5, and finished with a 10-9 shot advantage. UVa also took 10 corner kicks, compared to six for Georgetown.
Georgetown stunned the Cavaliers with a quick score, as Steve Neumann created a turnover about 25 yards outside the Virginia goal, then beat Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) inside the far post just 22 seconds into the match.
The Hoyas hit the crossbar on a Tom Skelly header off a corner kick in the 52nd minute.
The young Cavaliers, who started nine freshmen and sophomores, started clicking offensively midway through the second half. Virginia got its first shot on goal in the 56th minute from 10 yards by Marcus Salandy-Defour (Fr., Kensington, Md.). UVa then just missed connecting for a goal after Chris Somerville (So., West Chester, Pa.) made a great run to the Georgetown endline and then dropped a great service into the box, where Darius Madison (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) headed it just over the crossbar.
After an illegal touch in the box by the keeper Gomez, Virginia was awarded an indirect free kick from just outside the 6-yard box to the right of the goal. The kick caromed off the defense and out to Carroll, who cranked a screaming shot to the right upper 90 in the 70th minute for his first career score.
Georgetown benefited from a fortuitous bounce in the overtime, as a UVa header in the box sailed into the Cavaliers' goal for the winning score.
Virginia starts its home schedule next Friday night (Aug. 31) when it entertains California at Klöckner Stadium. UVa then plays No. 2 UCLA at home on Sept. 2.
'Hoos Find Winning Formula on RoadMen's Basketball1/14/17Led by senior London Perrantes and junior Marial Shayok, No. 19 Virginia defeated ACC rival Clemson 77-73 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday.Salt Carving Out Niche at UVAMen's Basketball1/13/17Jack Salt, a redshirt sophomore from New Zealand, starts at center for No. 19 Virginia, which plays Saturday at ACC rival Clemson.Fong Helping Lead Cavaliers' ResurgenceSwimming & Diving1/10/17The UVA men's swimming & diving team, which hosts Virginia Tech this weekend at the Aquatic & Fitness Center, is ranked No. 15 nationally.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Claudio Reyna Named to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
M. Soccer | 1/18/2017
UVA soccer alum played for 13 years with U.S. National Team and competed in four FIFA World Cups.
Opoku Named NSCAA Second-Team All-American
M. Soccer | 12/9/2016
Opoku finished second on the team with six goals in 2016, including five game-winning scores.
Opoku and Nus Earn NSCAA All-South Region Honors
M. Soccer | 12/6/2016
Opoku was a first-team selection at forward, while Nus earned a spot on the third team at defender.
Jeff White: Soccer Teams Turn Attention to 2017
M. Soccer | 12/2/2016
Virginia's soccer teams are fixtures in their respective NCAA tournaments, and 2017 should bring ...
UVA's Season Ends in Double OT Loss at Stanford
M. Soccer | 11/27/2016
Seeded No. 12 in the tournament, the Cavaliers finish their season with an 11-4-5 record.
UVA Travels to Stanford Sunday for NCAA 3rd Round
M. Soccer | 11/25/2016
Jeff White: Caldwell and Cavaliers Focus on Present
M. Soccer | 11/25/2016
Second-team All-ACC goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell is team captain for Virginia, which plays Sunday...
Jeff White: Cavaliers Back in Familiar Territory
M. Soccer | 11/21/2016
No. 12 Virginia, which has reached the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen for the third time in four seasons,...
- Online Stores