Sept. 28, 1997

Men's Soccer Downs North Carolina 2-1 in Overtime

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore forward Brian West (Columbia, Md.) scored at the 108:28 mark in sudden death overtime to give the University of Virginia a 2-1 victory over North Carolina. West totaled a goal and an assist in the game as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight contest and extended their unbeaten streak to eight games. Virginia improves to 6-1-2 on the season, while the Tar Heels fall to 2-6-0

"The conditions were tough to play in today," said UVa head coach George Gelnovatch. "The field was not in very good shape with all the rain, and North Carolina came in here badly needing a win in the ACC. They dropped people back and made it tough for us to score. We didn't put away some early chances, which also made it tough on us after they got the first goal. But we showed a lot of character, under these conditions, to come back and win this game."

North Carolina opened the scoring just before halftime on a goal by senior midfielder Carey Talley. Sophomore defender David Popp sent a cross from the right flank, which Talley collected in the penalty box and knocked in from 12 yards out. The Cavaliers tied up the game just after the intermission on a goal by senior forward Matt Leonard (Fairfax Station, Va.). The play began when West played the ball to freshman midfielder Chris Albright (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the right side of the penalty box. Albright took a shot from 16 yards out which would have gone wide, but Leonard was there to knock it into the goal from six yards away in the center.

The score remained tied through the rest of regulation and into the second overtime period, when West's goal ended the contest. Freshman midfielder Jason Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had the ball on the left side near midfield and played it ahead to junior midfielder Ben Olsen (Middletown, Pa.) in the center. Olsen then slid a pass to West at the top right side of the penalty box, where he dribbled once before scoring from 12 yards away.

Junior goalkeeper Brock Yetso (Columbia, Md.) made five saves for the Cavaliers, while North Carolina goalkeeper Daniel Popik had four saves.

Virginia will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 1, when it plays host to Liberty at 7:00 p.m. The game will be the second half of a doubleheader, which will also feature the UVa women playing against William & Mary at 5:00 p.m.

Virginia 2, North Carolina 1 (OT)
North Carolina (2-6-0)         1   0   0   0   -   1
Virginia (6-1-2)               0   1   0   1   -   2
Scoring: North Carolina - Carey Talley (David Popp) 40:54; Virginia - Matt Leonard (Chris Albright, Brian West) 47:30; Virginia - West (Ben Olsen, Jason Moore) 108:28.
Shots: North Carolina 11, Virginia 14; Saves: North Carolina 4 (Daniel Popik 4), Virginia 5 (Brock Yetso 5); Corner Kicks: North Carolina 3, Virginia 9; Fouls: North Carolina 26, Virginia 15; Offsides: North Carolina 5, Virginia 5; Attendance: 904.