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Nov. 30, 1997

Men's Soccer Downs Georgetown

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Junior forward Ben Olsen (Middletown, Pa.) totaled two goals and an assist and freshman midfielder Ryan Trout (Media, Pa.) had a goal and two assists as the second-seeded University of Virginia men's soccer team defeated Georgetown 5-1 in an NCAA Tournament second round game at Kloeckner Stadium. The Cavaliers dominated the game in the first half, jumping out to a 4-0 lead as they scored four goals on seven shots, while allowing the Hoyas only two shots. Virginia improves its record to 17-3-3 overall, while Georgetown finishes the year with a 15-7-0 mark.

"I was surprised that we had a 4-0 lead at halftime," said Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch. "Georgetown has a very good team and they had not lost a game by more than one goal all year. But we came out and put a lot of pressure on them, so they were back on their heels early. Things got a little weird in the second half, but I think we are playing our best soccer of the year right now."

Olsen opened the scoring with his first goal at the 18:13 mark. Freshman midfielder Chris Albright (Philadelphia, Pa.) took a pass from sophomore forward Brian West (Columbia, Md.) in the lower left side of the penalty box, then crossed the ball in front of the goal. Olsen was waiting at the far post to head the ball in from four yards out. The Cavaliers increased the lead to 2-0 just over five minutes later, on a goal by senior forward Matt Leonard (Fairfax Station, Va.). Olsen played the ball to Trout in the right corner, then Trout sent a cross into the box which Leonard headed in from six yards away at the near post.

Trout kept the UVa attack going, scoring the next goal at the 26:14 mark. After winning the ball from a defender on the right flank, Trout dribbled toward the center before scoring an unassisted goal from 20 yards out at the top of the box. Olsen would then score his second goal at 40:01 to make the score 4-0 before the intermission. A Georgetown defender attempted to clear the ball out of the box, but sent it right to Olsen on the left side. Olsen took one dribble toward the center before scoring from 22 yards out.

The lone Georgetown goal was scored at 63:15 by Eric Kvello. On a quick restart, Jeremy McKitrick sent a free kick into the box, which Kvello headed in from eight yards out in the right center. UVa then concluded the scoring at the 82:24 mark when sophomore midfielder Drew O'Donnell (Newtown Square, Pa.) hit from 12 yards out on the left side, with assists to Trout and senior midfielder Joaquin Targhetta (Herndon, Va.).

The Cavaliers advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will face American, a 1-0 winner over Maryland.

Virginia 5, Georgetown 1
Georgetown (15-7-0)     0   1   -   1
Virginia (17-3-3)       4   1   -   5
Virginia - Ben Olsen (Chris Albright, Brian West) 18:13             
Virginia - Matt Leonard (Ryan Trout, Ben Olsen) 24:59
Virginia - Ryan Trout 26:14; Virginia - Ben Olsen 40:01         
Georgetown - Eric Kvello (Jeremy McKitrick) 63:15
Virginia - Drew O'Donnell (Ryan Trout, Joaquin Targhetta) 82:24 
Shots: Georgetown 14, Virginia 16 
Saves: Georgetown 3 (Tyler Purtill 3), Virginia 4 (Brock Yetso 4, Mike Forensich 0) 
Corner Kicks: Georgetown 6, Virginia 7 
Fouls: Georgetown 7, Virginia 13 
Offsides: Georgetown 2, Virginia 3; Attendance: 1,401


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