CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Will Bates (Sr., Chester, Va.) scored in the 58th minute and the Virginia men's soccer team was stout on defense in picking up a 1-0 win over Duke Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. The match was the ACC opener for both squads and was played in front of 4,230 spectators, marking UVa's largest home crowd since Dec. 4, 2009 (4,900 vs. Maryland in NCAA quarterfinals).
"It's great to get three points in conference play," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "It's a huge win in conference play, especially at home, and we did not give up a goal or really a good chance."
After a defensive struggle in the first half with the teams combining for no shots on goal, Virginia (2-2, 1-0 ACC) struck paydirt in the 57th minute. After Chris Somerville (So., West Chester, Pa.) ran down a long ball on the left flank over the Duke defense, he served it across the box. Marcus Salandy-Defour (Fr., Kensington, Md.) tracked the ball down near the goal line and tapped it back to Bates, who sent the ball into the far corner of the goal from six yards out for the score.
The goal was Bates' 35th career score. He is two goals shy of the top 10 in Virginia history. The assist marked Salandy-Defour's first career point.
UVa finished with an 11-6 shots advantage; both teams put two shots on goal. UVa held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks and also committed 11 fouls, compared to nine for Duke (1-3, 0-1).
Virginia goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) was not tested much, but he made a pair of saves. Duke keeper James Belshaw made one save.
Virginia continues its six-match homestand at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Mount St. Mary's.
Thompson Ready To Lead From FrontWomen's Basketball4/18/18The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena, where Tina Thompson was introduced as UVA's women's basketball coach.Walsh Ready to Lead 'Hoos in PostseasonMen's Golf4/18/18Healthy again after battling back problems for much of 2017, Thomas Walsh enters this weekend's ACC tournament in good form.Thompson Era Begins for CavaliersWomen's Basketball4/18/18Tina Thompson will be introduced as UVA's head women's basketball coach Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
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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.
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