Aug. 30, 1997
American Dominates #2 Virginia, 3-1
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Forward Eric Block tallied a goal and an assisit in his first game as American dominated #2 Virginia, 3-1, in the season-opener for both teams before a near-capacity 1,125 at sun-soaked Reeves Field.
American (1-0) dominated the game, holding UVa. without a shot in the second half as all of the scoring in the game occurred in a feverish first period. The Eagles had not beaten the Cavaliers since a 1979 NCAA Tournament game, breaking a five game losing streak. AU continued a five-game home winning streak as well as a nine-game regular season winning streak, both from the end of last season. With the upset, the Eagles will be looking for their first national ranking since October 15, 1990.
The Eagles got three unansered goals in the first half following UVa.'s early tally. Block, a graduate student in his first game at AU, slipped a five yard shot off a short cross from junior midfielder Antonio Otero. Senior defender Todd Miller tallied midway through the first half, drilling a low shot just inside the far post from a drop pass from Block at 25:44. Junior forward Deryck Roberts finished off the first half flurry with under five minutes remaining as he guided a 4-yard header across the goal mouth and just inside the post from senior forward Scott Pearson's deep right side cross at 40:59. The Eagles were also without two defensive starters due to injury and a red card, respectively.
Virginia (0-1), ranked #2 by the Coaches NCSAA/Umbro Top 25 poll and Soccer News, got on the board early when senior forward Matt Leonard tucked an 8-yard header under the crossbar from a long cross from freshman forward Chris Albright and freshman defender Mike Feller at 7:14. The Cavaliers were playing without four starters who are competing at the World University Games in Sicily.
AU's next game will be at UMBC on Tuesday at 3:00 PM. UVa.'s next opponent will be at their own Coca-Cola Classic on Friday against Akron, a tournament in which AU is a participant, but will not face UVa. On another note, the AU women's basketball team upst #7 Virginia last December.
American 3, Virginia 1 Virginia 1 0 1 American 3 0 3
Scoring: Virgina- Matt Leonard (Chris Albright, Mike Feller) 7:14;
American- Eric Block (Antonio Otero) 11:45; Todd Miller (Block) 25:44; Deryck Roberts (Scott Pearson) 40:59.
Shots: Virginia 7, American 12
Corner Kicks: Virginia 5, American 5
Fouls: Virginia 16, American 17
Offsides: Virginia 1, American 0;
Green Adjusting to New SurroundingsWrestling10/20/17A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a candidate to start at 157 pounds for Virginia.Butts' Bond With Benkert GrowingFootball10/18/17A redshirt junior from the Philadelphia area, UVA tight end Evan Butts has become one of quarterback Kurt Benkert's most reliable targets.Salt Evolving Into Pivotal PresenceMen's Basketball10/17/17A redshirt junior from New Zealand, 6-11 center Jack Salt has grown into a team leader for UVA, which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
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.
Koffi Scores Electrifying Golden Goal in Double OT win over ...
M. Soccer | 10/20/2017
Junior Jean-Christophe Koffi scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute, propelling No. 10 ...
No. 10 Virginia Hosts Pitt in Home Finale
M. Soccer | 10/19/2017
No. 10 Virginia looks to improve its position for the ACC Tournament with a match scheduled for 7...
No. 10 Virginia Upended by Radford at Home
M. Soccer | 10/17/2017
A second half Radford goal proved to the difference in a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Virginia. The...
No. 10 Virginia Closes Non-Conference Slate Tuesday vs. Radford
M. Soccer | 10/16/2017
No. 10 Virginia (9-1-3) will host Radford (7-4-2) on Tuesday night (Oct. 17) in a non-conference ...
No. 10 Virginia and NC State Play to 0-0 Draw
M. Soccer | 10/13/2017
No. 10 Virginia gained ground in the ACC Coastal Division standings after a 0-0 draw on the road...
No. 10 Virginia Preps for Road Match at NC State
M. Soccer | 10/12/2017
No. 10 Virginia will play its third road match of the season on Friday (Oct. 13) when they visit ...
Four Second-Half Goals Power No. 10 Virginia in Comeback Win
M. Soccer | 10/10/2017
No. 10 Virginia (9-1-2) came-from-behind twice and scored four second-half goals in a 4-2 win...
No. 11 Virginia Hosts Midweek Tilt Against Lehigh
M. Soccer | 10/09/2017
No. 11 Virginia will conclude its three-game home stand on Tuesday night with a non-conference...
- Online Stores