Sept. 25, 2012
Final Stats | Twitter | Facebook
RICHMOND, Va. - Cameron Chavira(Jr., Roanoke, Va.) scored his first career goal just over two minutes into double overtime to push the Virginia men's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph at VCU Tuesday evening in front of a record 2,242 spectators at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va. Chavira's golden goal helped Virginia (5-3-1) hand VCU (4-1-2) its first loss of the year.
"I think we're making progress," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatchsaid. "We tied in our last overtime game and this one we won against a very good VCU team which was rested. It was on the road with their biggest crowd in stadium history. It was a very good performance in terms of gutting it out. We're tired and banged up, and we found a way to get one chance in overtime, and we finished it."
While neither team registered a strong scoring chance in an uneventful first overtime stanza, Virginia made its first opportunity in double overtime count when Marcus Douglas(R-So., Washington, D.C.) sliced a cross from the right flank to the middle of the box to find a wide open Chavira, who tapped it home from five yards out for the winning score. Douglas was credited with his first assist of 2012 as the Cavaliers earned their first overtime win of the year in four attempts (1-2-1).
VCU controlled the run of play for most of the first half, although UVa got two booming shots from Will Bates(Sr., Chester, Va.), but VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells made great diving saves on each.
The Rams put five shots on goal in the first half, with Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) making four saves. The Cavaliers were credited with a team save in the 31st minute; after LaCivita deflected a Jason Johnson shot, Johnson took the rebound and flicked a shot over LaCivita but Kevin McBride (Jr., Fairfax, Va.) headed the ball away and Matt Brown(So., Charlotte, N.C.) then cleared it in front of the goal line to keep the stalemate intact.
VCU again was thwarted by LaCivita in the 75th minute. Joseph Haboush made a beautiful slip pass into the box to Devon Fisher to create a one-on-one situation, but LaCivita charged forward and made a tremendous sliding save to stuff Fisher. LaCivita also made a diving save on a Mario Herrera Meraz shot in the 67th minute.
LaCivita was credited with seven saves, one off his career best. Wells made five saves for VCU. Bates took a team-high four shots (three on goal) for Virginia, while Fisher racked up six shots for the Rams.
VCU finished with a 19-15 edge in shots and put seven shots on goal, compared to six for UVa. The Rams took seven corner kicks, while UVa earned three corners. The Cavaliers committed 16 fouls, while VCU was whistled for 15.
With three starters out because of injuries, UVa went deep into its bench and played 16 players in the game. Freshman Jordan Poarch(Middletown, Del.) made his first career start; all seven UVa rookies have earned at least one start now this season.
Virginia returns home at 7 p.m. Friday to take on Clemson in an ACC encounter.
Revamped Cavaliers Ready for New SeasonMen's Soccer8/26/16Newcomers abound for the Virginia men's soccer team, which opens the season Friday night against Coastal Carolina at Klöckner Stadium.Stearns Making Mark on UniversityWomen's Soccer8/25/16A four-year starter for the Virginia women's soccer team, Morgan Stearns hold the program record for career victories by a goalkeeper.Spanish Journey Strengthens Cavaliers' BondMen's Basketball8/20/16The Virginia men's basketball team made strides on and off the court during its 10-day tour of Spain this month.
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.
No. 17 Virginia Tops No. 21 Coastal Carolina, 2-1
M. Soccer | 8/26/2016
Paddy Foss and Edward Opoku each scored for the Cavaliers in the 2016 season opener.
Jeff White: Revamped 'Hoos Ready for New Season
M. Soccer | 8/26/2016
Newcomers abound for No. 17 Virginia, which opens the season Friday night against No. 21 Coastal ...
UVA Opens Season Friday vs. Coastal Carolina
M. Soccer | 8/25/2016
GameTracker | No. 17 Virginia and No. 21 Coastal Carolina meet for just the second time.
UVA Earns 2-0 Exhibition Win Over Georgetown
M. Soccer | 8/20/2016
Paddy Foss and Edward Opoku scored for Virginia as the Cavaliers wrapped up the preseason slate.
UVA Concludes Preseason Saturday vs. Georgetown
M. Soccer | 8/19/2016
The contest is a matchup of preseason top-20 teams – Georgetown is No. 10, while UVA is No....
Fall Sports Broadcast Schedule Announced
M. Soccer | 8/18/2016
A total of 29 Virginia home events and 14 road contests will air on ACC Network Extra, a...
UVA Picked Third in Coastal in ACC Preseason Poll
M. Soccer | 08/17/2016
Virginia returns 18 letterwinners this season, including seven starters, while welcoming in a top...
Virginia Downs Liberty in Friendly, 4-2
M. Soccer | 08/16/2016
Sergi Nus scored a pair of first-half goals for the Cavaliers, while Wes Wade and Leon Maric...
- Online Stores