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Sept. 21, 1997

Virginia Men's Soccer Downs Wake Forest 3-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Freshman midfielder Chris Albright (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored two goals and junior midfielder Ben Olsen (Middletown, Pa.) added a pair of assists as the University of Virginia men's soccer team posted a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest. The Cavaliers scored all three of their goals in the 10 minute span late in the second half and outshot the Demon Deacons 19-7 on the day. Virginia improves to 4-1-2 on the year with the win, while Wake Forest falls to 4-3-0.

"I think we were in control throughout most of the game," said UVa head coach George Gelnovatch. "I didn't feel at any time that we were going to lose. They were happy with keeping us off the scoreboard, but we were a little too comfortable being contained. Throughout the season we have scored goals in spurts, and once we hit the first one everything loosened up."

The Cavaliers opened the scoring at the 78:31 mark on Albright's first goal. Freshman defender Jason Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) sent a corner kick to sophomore defender Michael Green (Columbia, Md.) at the far post, and Green headed the ball back to the center of the box. Albright was there to volley the ball in from 10 yards away for the score. Virginia increased the lead to 2-0 on a goal by sophomore forward Brian West (Columbia, Md.) less than three minutes later. Senior midfielder Andriy Shapowal (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had the ball on the right flank and centered it to Olsen, who then slid a pass ahead into the box for West. West beat Wake Forest goalkeeper Sean Conner to the ball and knocked it in from 15 yards out.

Albright scored the Cavaliers' final goal at the 88:12 mark. Olsen played the ball down the right flank to freshman midfielder Ryan Trout (Media, Pa.) and Trout dribbled down the sideline and into the penalty box. Trout then sent a cross which Albright hit into the net from five yards away. Wake Forest avoided the shutout with a goal by Ben Stafford at the 88:27 mark. Ihor Dotsenko fed the ball to Stafford in the right side of the box, where he scored from 10 yards out.

Virginia will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 24, when it plays host to Virginia Commonwealth at 7:00 p.m.

Virginia 3, Wake Forest 1
Wake Forest (4-3-0)     0   1   -   1
Virginia (4-1-2)        0   3   -   3
Scoring: Virginia - Chris Albright (Michael Green, Jason Moore) 78:31; Virginia - Brian West (Ben Olsen, Andriy Shapowal) 81:18; 
         Virginia - Albright (Ryan Trout, Olsen) 88:12; Wake Forest - Ben Stafford (Ihor Dotsenko) 88:27.
Shots: Wake Forest 7, Virginia 19; Saves: Wake Forest 5 (Sean Conner 5), Virginia 1 (Brock Yetso 1); 
Corner Kicks: Wake Forest 4, Virginia 4; 
Fouls: Wake Forest 15, Virginia 8; 
Offsides: Wake Forest 2, Virginia 6; 
Attendance: 1,752.

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