CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia men’s soccer team, behind two goals and an assist from freshman Tony Tchani, defeated NC State Friday night, 5-0. The Cavalier offense had its highest output of the season, while the defense in front of UVa goalkeeper Michael Giallombardo recorded its first shutout.
“Once again we created a ton of quality chances,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “The difference tonight was that we banged the first two in for goals, which changed the whole complexion of the game. By scoring first we were better able to manage the game.”
Virginia (3-3-0, 1-0-0 ACC) got on the board in the 16th minute when Tchani threaded a pass to fellow freshman Chris Agorsor, who finished a low shot to the far post for his fourth goal of the year. For Tchani, it was his first assist of the year.
Tchani, a 6-4 midfielder from Bafang, Cameroon, put the Cavaliers up 2-0 in the 37th minute when he converted a penalty kick.
Less than a minute later, freshman defender Hunter Jumper scored his first-career goal on a hard, left-footed shot to the upper right corner of the goal. Jumper intercepted a miscleared ball by NC State for the unassisted goal.
Tchani struck again for UVa in the 40th minute when he headed home a Matt Mitchell cross. Ross LaBauex found Mitchell on the right sideline for the second assist, his first of the year.
The last time a Virginia team scored four goals in a half was Nov. 8, 2002 a 6-0 rout of Temple in Charlottesville in which the Cavaliers had four second-half goals.
In the second half, Jimmy Simpson scored his second goal of the year by finishing a LaBauex pass into the lower right corner of the goal.
In goal for Virginia, Giallombardo made his first start of 2008 and had four saves to preserve the shutout.
For NC State (1-4-1, 0-2-0 ACC), goalkeeper Christopher Widman finished with four saves. The Cavaliers out-shot the Wolfpack, 13-6, and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Next up for UVa is a Tuesday night matchup with Central Connecticut State. Kick-off from Klckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Notes: Tonight's attendance of 3,040 was a season high ... the Cavaliers' five goals was the most since a 5-0 win over Columbia on Aug. 31, 2007 ... the shutout was the first of the year for UVa and its first since Oct. 30, 2007 (a 4-0 win over Mercer) ... four of the five Cavalier goals were scored by true freshman (Tchani 2, Agorsor, Jumper) and the fifth by a redshirt freshman (Simpson).
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