CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Will Bates' goal in the 60th minute lifted the No. 16 Virginia men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Cincinnati Friday at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational, hosted at Thompson Field in Blacksburg by Virginia Tech. The match twice was delayed because of lightning; the second delay came in the 86th minute and after an hour delay, the game was called.
Virginia (2-1-0) struck for its goal in the 60th minute when Brian Span lofted a cross to Bates, who then beat goalkeeper Joey Barnard with his third goal of the year on a volley from 12 yards out. Bates now has three goals and a pair of assists in two games this week.
Virginia goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita picked up his first career shutout and made three saves. Barnard also made three saves for Cincinnati (1-1-0).
UVa held a 13-5 edge in shots and out-shot the Bearcats 9-2 in the second half. Bates led UVa with five shots, while Eric Bird recorded three shots. The Cavaliers also owned a 6-2 advantage in corners. UC committed 14 fouls, compared to seven for UVa.
Virginia will conclude the tournament by facing Wisconsin at noon Sunday.
'Hoos Head Into Finals on High NoteMen's Basketball12/7/16No. 14 Virginia, which defeated East Carolina on Tuesday night, doesn't play again until Dec. 17, when Robert Morris visits JPJ.'Hoos Learn Painful Lessons in LossMen's Basketball12/3/16No. 6 Virginia's 24-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena ended Saturday with a 66-57 loss to No. 25 West Virginia.Soccer Teams Turn Attention to 2017Men's Soccer12/2/16The Virginia men's and women's soccer teams are fixtures in their respective NCAA tournaments, and 2017 should bring more success for both.
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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.
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