Sept. 21, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 8 North Carolina scored an early second-half goal and then withstood constant pressure throughout the second half from the Virginia men's soccer team in posting a 1-0 win over the Cavaliers Friday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tightly-contested match was the NSCAA's National Game of the Week on FOX Soccer Channel. UVa (4-3-1, 1-1 ACC) had its four-match unbeaten streak snapped.
"I'm very proud of the team," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "It's been a long time since we've come here and, in my opinion, outplayed our opponent. After the first 25 or 30 minutes of the first half, I thought we started to take the game over, and I thought the second half belonged to us. It doesn't quite ease the pain of losing, but I think our future is bright. We need to get ready for another tough road game at VCU Tuesday."
After a scoreless and evenly-played first half, North Carolina (5-1-1, 2-0-1 ACC) struck quickly in the second half when Danny Garcia found Andy Craven streaking down the right flank. Craven then beat UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) through the wickets from five yards out for the score.
UVa's offense pressed forward for most of the second half as the Cavaliers controlled possession and stayed in the UNC side of the field. The Cavaliers out-shot the Tar Heels 6-2 in the second half, while UNC did not attempt a shot in the final 25 minutes.
"It turned into a possession game for us with good passing and good chances, which is what we work on," Gelnovatch said. "That's all you can ask for."
The momentum ebbed and flowed through the first half. Carolina controlled possession for the first 25 minutes and challenged LaCivita with three shots, two of which were on goal. UVa took its first shot 25 minutes into the game, and the match tide began to turn from there as the Cavaliers countered with pressure for the next 20 minutes heading into intermission.
One of UVa's best scoring opportunities came in the 36th minute following a corner kick when Matt Brown (So., Charlotte) had his header saved by UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin; Brown got the rebound but his second shot was blocked near the post. UVa then took another corner, and Eric Bird (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) floated a shot from the top of the box which Goodwin made a leaping save to swat away at the crossbar.
LaCivita made three saves - all in the first half - for Virginia. Goodwin made six saves to earn the shutout for UNC. UVa out-shot UNC, 10-6, and both teams took six corner kicks. The match was riddled with 41 fouls - 23 for UNC and 18 for Virginia - as well as five yellow cards. Kyler Sullivan (So., Stafford, Va.) was UVa's top passer on Friday, completing 27 of his 30 passes for a season-high 90 percent accuracy rate. He held an 89 percent accuracy in the second half.
Virginia travels to Richmond, Va., at 7 p.m. Tuesday to battle VCU at Sports Backers Stadium. The Rams are unbeaten at 4-0-2 and receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.
Spirit of '76 Inspires Basketball FamilyMen's Basketball9/27/16At the Virginia men's basketball reunion, the spotlight was on the 1975-76 team and the legacy of former head coach Terry Holland.'Hoos Savor Long-Awaited BreakthroughFootball9/25/16The 'Hoos picked up their first victory of the season -- also their first under head coach Bronco Mendenhall -- Saturday at Scott Stadium.'Hoos Stay Positive in Face of AdversityFootball9/23/16Coming off back-to-back road games, Virginia (0-3) hosts Central Michigan (3-0) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Scott Stadium.
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.
Virginia Surges Past Cornell, 4-0
M. Soccer | 9/27/2016
Paddy Foss, Wesley Wade and Sergi Nus each scored for Virginia, which also benefited from a...
No. 16 Virginia Plays Host to Cornell Tuesday Night
M. Soccer | 9/26/2016
No. 16 UVA Falls in ACC Match at No. 13 Louisville
M. Soccer | 9/24/2016
Virginia returns home Tuesday to play Cornell in the first of three consecutive home matches at...
No. 16 UVA Heads to No. 13 Louisville Saturday
M. Soccer | 9/23/2016
Jeff White: Barir Finds Niche in Second Year
M. Soccer | 9/21/2016
Daniel Barir, a sophomore from Denmark, has a team-high three assists for No. 16 Virginia, which ...
Salandy-Defour Named ACC Co-Offensive Player of Week
M. Soccer | 9/20/2016
Senior forward Marcus Salandy-Defour has been tabbed as the ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, ...
No. 17 Virginia Rallies to Draw No. 6 Clemson, 3-3
M. Soccer | 09/17/2016
Marcus Salandy-Defour scored a pair of goals for his first career brace and Sergi Nus connected...
No. 17 UVA Entertains No. 6 Clemson Saturday Night
M. Soccer | 09/16/2016
- Online Stores