UVa's Alecko Eskandarian scored two goals in a game for the fifth time this season to help Virginia record a 3-0 shutout victory over Marshall.
Oct. 2, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia men's soccer team recorded a 3-0 shutout victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd in front of 1,348 spectators this evening at Kl?ckner Stadium in a non-conference match. UVa's Joe Vide (Raleigh, N.C./Bavarian International School) and Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) provided the Cavaliers with all the scoring they would need as the duo teamed together and each scored a first half goal to help Virginia pull away to a 3-0 victory. It was the Cavaliers second consecutive shutout victory.
UVa's Vide scored his first collegiate goal just 12:40 into the match when Eskandarian took a corner kick that was deflected out of the box by a Thundering Herd defender. Vide gathered the loose ball before firing a one-timer that found its way into the back of the Marshall net to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead. Vide's goal eventually resulted in the game-winning score. Eskandarian gave Virginia a 2-0 advantage at the 30:00 mark with the help of his midfield teammates. UVa's Ryan Kelly (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) got the play started when he headed a ball near midfield toward Jacob LeBlanc (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto). LeBlanc gathered Kelly's header and weaved his way through the Marshall defense before sending a pass ahead to a streaking Eskandarian upfield. LeBlanc's pass just nipped the outstretched fingertips of diving Marshall goalkeeper Matt Salmon before Eskandarian gained control of the ball near Salmon and chipped in a shot for the Cavaliers' second goal of the match.
After taking its 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, UVa extended its lead to 3-0 in the second half at the 64:35 mark when Eskandarian scored his team-high 12th goal of the season, this time by converting a penalty kick after being taken down in the box by a Thundering Herd defender. It was the second time this season Eskandarian scored two goals in a single game.
UVa goalkeepers David Comfort (Richmond, Va./Monacan) and Brett Mayer-Aschhoff (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) each gathered two saves apiece between the pipes to preserve the Cavaliers' second shutout of the season. The Thundering Herd's Salmon (seven saves) and Jeremy Williams (three saves) combined to make ten saves in the loss.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 5-4-0 on the year, while the loss drops Marshall's record to 4-5-0 on the season. UVa is now 4-0-0 all-time against Marshall in men's soccer.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on Friday, November 4th when UVa hosts the Hartwick Hawks in a non-conference match. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM and will be played at Kl?ckner Stadium. The Thundering Herd will return to home action on Sunday, October 6th when Marshall hosts the Buffalo Bulls in a Mid-American Conference match. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and will be played at Sam Hood Field.
Scoring 1 2 F Marshall (4-5-0) 0 0 0 Virginia (5-4-0) 2 1 3
Goals: Virginia 3 - Vide @ 12:40, Eskandarian (Kelly, LeBlanc) @ 30:00, Eskandarian (penalty kick) @ 64:35. Marshall - none. Shots: Virginia - 25, Marshall - 8. Corner Kicks: Virginia - 11, Marshall - 2. Saves: Marshall - 10, Virginia 4. Fouls: Marshall - 19, Virginia 11. Cautions: Marshall 3 - Spaulding, Dirou, Donovan. Virginia 1 - Oliver. Attendance: 1,348.
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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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