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Sept. 5, 1997

Men's Soccer Downs Akron

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior forward Matt Leonard (Fairfax Station, Va.) and freshman forward Chris Albright (Philadelphia, Pa.) both had two goals and an assist as the University of Virginia men's soccer team used a second half explosion to defeat Akron 5-1 on the first day of the Coca-Cola Classic. The Zips held a 1-0 lead at the intermission, but the Cavaliers scored three goals in a five-minute span during the second half to take control of the game. Virginia improves to 1-1 on the year with the win, while Akron falls to 1-2.

Akron took a 1-0 at the 24:46 mark, when a UVa defender headed a free kick by Greg Prusha into the net for an own goal. The Zips would hold the lead until 62:16, when Leonard headed in a corner kick by freshman midfielder Jason Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) from six yards out to tie up the score. That goal ignited the Cavalier offense, as junior midfielder Ben Olsen (Middletown, Pa.) had a goal less than four minutes later, at 66:03, to put Virginia in the lead. Olsen took a pass from Leonard in the left center and dribbled in past Akron goalkeeper Bill Wahl for the score. Albright would net his first goal only 39 seconds later, when he took a pass from sophomore forward Brian West (Columbia, Md.) on the right flank and hit from 18 yards away.

The Cavaliers would add two insurance goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. At 82:17, Albright played a ball to Olsen in the center of the field, then Olsen took a shot from 16 yards away which hit the crossbar. Leonard was there to head the rebound into an open net for his second score of the game. Albright then concluded the scoring at 88:56 when he took a pass from senior midfielder Andriy Shapowal (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) on the right side and dribbled into the penalty box before hitting from 12 yards out.

Junior goalkeeper Brock Yetso (Columbia, Md.) made four saves in the game for the Cavaliers, while allowing only the own goal. Wahl made three saves for the Zips.

In the first game of the Coca-Cola Classic, Florida International posted a 2-1 win over American in sudden death overtime. Sebastien Vorbe converted a penalty kick at 93:32 to give the Golden Panthers the win.

The Coca-Cola Classic will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 7. Akron and American will meet in the first game at 12:00 p.m., followed by Virginia against Florida International at 2:30 p.m.

Virginia 5, Akron 1
Akron (1-2-0)       1   0   -   1
Virginia (1-1-0)    0   5   -   5

Scoring: Akron - Own Goal 24:46; Virginia - Matt Leonard (Jason Moore) 62:16; Virginia - Ben Olsen (Leonard) 66:03; Virginia - Chris Albright (Brian West) 66:42; Virginia - Leonard (Olsen, Albright), Virginia - Albright (Shapowal) 88:56.
Shots: Akron 7, Virginia 16.
Saves: Akron 3 (Bill Wahl 3), Virginia 4 (Brock Yetso 4).
Corner Kicks: Akron 1, Virginia 5.
Fouls: Akron 14, Virginia 15.
Offsides: Akron 3, Virginia 9.
Attendance: 1,577.


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