1989 NCAA Champions
The 1989 season opened
with promise, as the Cavaliers won their first 11 games of the year.
Despite losing to Duke in the ACC Tournament, UVa advanced in the NCAAs
with a 4-1 win over Philadelphia Textile and a 1-0 triumph against
Santa Clara 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1
The Cavaliers moved on to the national
semifinals, where they would play at Rutgers. UVa dispatched the
Scarlet Knights 3-0 before 7,836 fans as John Maessner scored two
goals, while Tim Kunihiro added a goal and freshman Brad Agoos equaled
his season total with two timely assists. In the other semifinal, Santa
Clara came from behind to shock Indiana 4-2.
The championship game
was played two days later in sub-zero wind chill at Rutgers Stadium.
Virginia would share the title with Santa Clara after a 1-1 tie at the
end of regulation and 60 minutes of scoreless overtime. The coaches
association had decided against a shootout in the NCAA title game and
thus the Cavaliers and Broncos were declared co-champs.
struck first in the title game, when Lyle Yorks sent a corner kick to
Richie Williams, who headed the ball to Drew Fallon five yards from the
goal. Fallon then beat Santa Clara goalkeeper Eric Yamamoto to give the
Cavaliers a 1-0 lead at 26:48. UVa maintained the edge until late in
the second half, when a pass intended for Tony Meola was intercepted.
Jeff Baicher caught Meola going the wrong way for the equalizer, with
just 6:23 remaining in regulation.
Neither team was able to
score again in the worsening conditions, as the game went through the
two regulation 15 minute overtime periods and then two 15 minute sudden
death overtimes. The game ended as the second-longest in NCAA
Tournament history and yielded the first co-champions since 1968, when
Maryland and Michigan State tied. Meola was named the tournament's Most
Valuable Defensive Player, as he guarded against 12 shots, seven coming
in the four overtimes, and held Santa Clara to only one goal.
1989 NCAA Champions
Virginia 1, Santa Clara 1 (OT)
December 4, 1989
New Brunswick, N.J.
Virginia 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1
Scoring: UVa-Fallon (Williams, Yorks) 26:48; SC-Baicher (Smith) 83:37.
SC 12 (Holocher 4, Bravo 2, Baicher 2, Broughton, Rast, Robertson,
Barreras), UVa 10 (Fallon 4, Williams 2, Onalfo, J. Agoos, Kelderman,
Yorks); Saves: SC 4 (Yamamoto 4), UVa 5 (Meola 5); Corner Kicks: SC 5,
UVa 4; Fouls: SC 30, UVa 27; Offsides: SC 3, UVa 7; Attendance: 3,889;
Records: SC 20-0-3, UVa 21-2-2.
1991 NCAA Champions
a blend of youthful rookies and veterans, Virginia capped off another
successful season in 1991 by capturing the NCAA title for the second
time in three years. The Cavaliers suffered a 2-0 loss to Wake Forest
early in the season, despite outshooting the Demon Deacons 15-2, but
would not lose another game the rest of the year while posting a 19-1-2
After gaining revenge against Wake Forest with a 3-1
victory in the ACC title game, the Cavaliers moved on to the NCAA
Tournament. UVa defeated Hartford 2-1 in sudden death overtime on a
goal by A.J. Wood, then downed Yale 2-0 to make it back to the
With the Final Four taking place at the University
of South Florida, UVa trailed Saint Louis 2-1 late in the game and the
Cavaliers' title hopes were in jeopardy. Virginia applied intense
offensive pressure toward the end of regulation and it paid off when
Ben Crawley headed in a pass from Mike Huwiler to send the game into
overtime. After no one scored in the first two extra sessions, Crawley
headed in a cross from Lyle Yorks at 121:50 to put UVa into the title
The opponent in the final was a familiar one, as UVa once
again faced Santa Clara. As was the case two years earlier, the game
was a close one, and neither team scored during regulation. The match
would not go to overtime without some controversy however, as Scott
Champ headed in a cross from Richie Williams just as the final second
ticked away, but the goal was not allowed.
The teams played on
for 60 more minutes, but both sides remained unable to find the net.
Unlike two years earlier, the game now moved on to a penalty kick
shootout, and Bruce Arena opted to use rested backup goalkeeper Tom
Henske in the net. Henske would stop two of Santa Clara's first three
shots, while Huwiler, Crawley and Erik Imler all converted to put the
Cavaliers up 3-1. Henske then clinched the title by swatting away a low
shot from Bruce Broughton and UVa celebrated one of the most emotional
endings in NCAA championship history.
Virginia 0, Santa Clara 0 (OT)
December 8, 1991
Santa Clara 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Virginia 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
SC 10 (Broughton 2, Schmidt 2, Cochran, Hampton, Rast, Arya, Cruz,
Stiles), UVa 16 (Wood 5, Reyna 4, Crawley 3, Williams, Imler, Bates,
Champ); Saves: SC 6 (Rueda 6), UVa 5 (Causey 5); Corner Kicks: SC 8,
UVa 9; Fouls: SC 34, UVa 30; Attendance: 3,912; Records: SC 20-1-2, UVa
UVa declared national champion after winning 3-1 on penalty kicks.
1992 NCAA Champions
Cavaliers began the 1992 season by unveiling the premier facility in
collegiate soccer, Klöckner Stadium. In the inaugural game, an
exhibition contest against Santa Clara, Virginia posted a 1-0 win in
front of 6,142 fans. Playing two-thirds of its games at home, UVa went
on to win its first 14 contests of the season and push its unbeaten
streak to an ACC record 32 games.
Despite two losses late in the
regular season, the Cavaliers went on to win the ACC title and defeat
both Penn State (4-1) and Dartmouth (3-0) to move on to the NCAA
semifinals. Virginia went to Davidson, N.C., looking to become the
first team to repeat as NCAA champions since Indiana took the title in
1982 and 1983.
ACC rival Duke was waiting in the semifinals but
goalkeeper Jeff Causey and the UVa defense posted a shutout, with
midfielder Tain Nix providing a clear off the goal line early in the
second half. Ben Crawley, who had dedicated the postseason to the
memory of his mother, Linda, scored the game-winner against the Blue
Devils, knocking home a one-hop pass from Nix at 59:53. The Cavaliers
then broke the game open, as A.J. Wood and Brian Bates both scored to
give UVa a 3-0 win.
The Cavaliers' opponent in the title game
was the University of San Diego, which staged a late-season rally to
make the NCAA Tournament. The Torreros beat perennial powers UCLA and
Indiana, and downed local favorite Davidson in the semifinals (3-2 in
overtime). The championship game was scoreless until Nate Friends broke
the tie at the 69:31 mark. Brad Agoos sent the ball into the box and
Friends knocked an off-balance shot off goalkeeper Scott Garlick, but
claimed the rebound and lofted the ball into the goal to give Virginia
a 1-0 lead.
Claudio Reyna controlled the action for the majority
of the time remaining. Reyna's pass down the right wing in the 77th
minute found Agoos, who crossed the ball into a crowded box. Erik Imler
came flying in near the left post for an easy header and the clinching
2-0 lead. Reyna was named the tournament's Offensive MVP for the second
Virginia 2, San Diego 0
December 6, 1992
Virginia 0 2 - 2
San Diego 0 0 - 0
Scoring: UVa-Friends 69:31; UVa-Imler (B. Agoos, Reyna) 77:33.
UVa 17 (Wood 8, Bates 2, Reyna 2, B. Agoos, Peay, Imler, Crawley,
Friends), USD 5 (Lindquist, Arthur, Streicek, Beall, Jara); Saves: UVa
3 (Causey 3), USD 6 (Garlick 6); Corner Kicks: UVa 5, USD 6; Fouls: UVa
16, USD 25; Offsides: UVa 4, USD 3; Attendance: 8,150; Records: UVa
21-2-1, USD 19-5-0.
1993 NCAA Champions
the momentum of the 1992 championship, UVa won its first 11 games and
extended its winning streak to a record 17. Clemson would bring the
streak to end, as the Cavaliers dropped a tough 2-1 game with the
Tigers scoring in the final seconds. UVa later gained revenge against
Clemson with a 2-1 win in the ACC title game.
In the NCAAs, the
Cavaliers defeated both William & Mary and Loyola by scores of 2-1,
then dominated Wisconsin in a 3-0 game which placed UVa in the
semifinals for the third year in a row. It also put the Cavaliers in
position to win an unprecedented third consecutive NCAA title.
to Davidson for the semifinals, UVa faced Princeton and former UVa
assistant Bob Bradley. The Tigers' zone gave Claudio Reyna room to
control the ball and time to set up Nate Friends, who would go on a
two-game tear. Friends opened the scoring at 3:14 off a long
feed from A.J. Wood, then added another goal in the 34th minute when he
put in a deflection off a shot by Wood. Three minutes prior to
halftime, Friends would complete the hat trick, knocking home a rebound
off a shot by Damian Silvera.
South Carolina outlasted Cal State
Fullerton 1-0 in the other semifinal to extend its winning streak to 14
games and advance to its first-ever title game. But UVa had postseason
experience in its favor . . . and it also had Friends.
managed only seven shots in the title game, but Friends scored twice to
give the Cavaliers a 2-0 win. Friends broke a scoreless tie at 39:54
when he headed home a corner kick from Mike Fisher. Later, at 85:59,
Friends volleyed in a Fisher free kick to conclude the scoring. The
Gamecocks had a chance to score midway through the second half, when
Steve Pier broke free for a one-on-one chance against Jeff Causey, who
saved the both the initial shot and a rebound try. Minutes later,
Brandon Pollard knocked away a ball at the goal line to preserve the
Friends was named Offensive MVP after scoring all five
of UVa's goals in the final two games, while Brian Bates was chosen as
the tournament's Defensive MVP. In addition, Causey concluded his
career with a third straight shutout in the NCAA finals.
Virginia 2, South Carolina 0
December 5, 1993
Virginia 1 1 - 2
So. Carolina 0 0 - 0
Scoring: UVa-Friends (Fisher) 39:54; UVa-Friends (Fisher) 85:59.
UVa 7 (Reyna 2, Friends 2, Fisher, Silvera, Slivinski), USC 6 (Baumhoff
2, Smith, Faklaris, Pier, Scheving); Saves: UVa 6 (Causey 6), USC 3
(Turner 3); Corner Kicks: UVa 6, USC 4; Fouls: UVa 12, USC 8;
Offsides: UVa 1, USC 3; Attendance: 10,549; Records: UVa 22-3-0, USC
1994 NCAA Champions
into the 1994 season, the UVa senior class knew it could become the
first in NCAA history to graduate with a championship in every year.
But things would not come easy. The season opened with a 3-2 loss to
Boston University, and also included a 5-1 loss at North Carolina,
UVa's largest margin of defeat since 1975.
Two weeks later, in
what may have been the turning point of the season, the Cavaliers
rallied from a 4-1 halftime deficit to post a 6-4 win at Clemson.
Virginia would go on to win the ACC Tournament for the fourth straight
season, but had to battle through a 2-2 tie with Clemson in the
semifinals for a victory on penalty kicks. UVa then opened NCAA
Tournament play with wins over UNC Greensboro (3-0) and Maryland (2-1).
Against James Madison in the quarterfinals, A.J. Wood recorded a hat
trick in a 4-1 Cavalier victory as UVa advanced to the final four once
The semifinal opponent was Rutgers, which had lost at
home to UVa in the memorably cold 1989 semifinals. The Knights' Kevin
O'Connell scored in the ninth minute, but the lead would be short-lived
as Damian Silvera hit the net off an assist from Tain Nix. Billy Walsh
would knock home the game winner at 53:42, when he put in a cross from
Brandon Pollard to seal the victory.
A crowd of over 12,000
turned out for the title game, which saw the Cavaliers face Indiana, a
4-1 victor over UCLA in the other semifinal. UVa jumped ahead in the
21st minute, on a play where Nix started the run up the left flank,
crossed midfield and slid a pass to Pollard on the left flank. Pollard
beat his man and used his speed to gain room down the side before
sending a cross into the box. A.J. Wood knocked the ball off his chest
and to his left foot before slipping it past goalkeeper Scott Coufal
for the score.
Late in the first half, Indiana's Brian
Maisonneuve blasted a direct kick toward the right corner, but Walsh
was at the post and headed it away. Goalkeeper Mark Peters-the
tournament's Defensive MVP-made two big saves in the final 10 minutes.
Silvera took Offensive MVP honors and the senior class of Wood, Nix,
Clint Peay and Nate Friends stood at midfield holding their fourth NCAA
trophy, their names forever a part of NCAA history.
Virginia 1, Indiana 0
December 11, 1994
Indiana 0 0 - 0
Virginia 1 0 - 1
Scoring: UVa-Wood (Pollard, Nix) 20:06.
IU 11 (Keller 3, Clark 2, Maisonneuve 2, Yeagley, Ward, Ginsberg,
Weiss), UVa 9 (Wood 4, Friends 2, Silvera, Fitzmaurice, Nix); Saves: IU
4 (Coufal 4), UVa 3 (Peters 3); Corner Kicks: IU 8, UVa 6; Fouls: IU
18, UVa 28; Offsides: IU 2, UVa 1; Attendance: 12,035; Records: IU
23-3-0, UVa 22-3-1.
2009 NCAA Champions
2009 NCAA title was the sixth for the Cavaliers in program history,
having won the championship in 1989 and from 1991-94. The victory also
gave the Virginia its 19th team National Championship in school
history, the first since men's lacrosse in 2006.
"I knew was
only a matter of time before we won another championship," said head
coach George Gelnovatch. "In 1997, I thought we had a real good chance
and lost in the finals. In 2006, we were in the College Cup and things
didn't work out our way. I kept telling people, it was not a matter of
if, it was a matter of when. Today was our day."
the game, the Cavaliers had a golden chance to take an early lead in
the fifth minute, but Will Bates' point-blank header rattled off the
post. In the 14th minute. Akron had its first scoring chance, but Diego
Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) made a save on a shot by Anthony
Ampaipitakwong. Virginia had another chance in the 27th minute as Tony
Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) headed a cross just over the bar. The Cavaliers
had a 6-5 shot advantage over the first 45 minutes, but the teams
remained scoreless at the half.
Akron (23-1-1) had the
first scoring chance of the second half when Teal Bunbury headed a
cross wide in the 54th minute. Later in the half, both teams had
crosses go through the area, but neither side could get on the end of
those passes and the game went to overtime scoreless.
overtime periods, neither side could find a game-winning goal, so the
champion would be determined by a shootout. Tchani opened the shootout
with a goal for Virginia and the Cavaliers took an early advantage when
Restrepo stopped Akron's first kick taken by Zarek Valentin.
Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va.) and the Zips' Ben Zemanski both converted
their attempts in round two, the Cavaliers led 2-1. That lead was
extended to 3-1 as Sean Hiller (Colts Neck, N.J.) made his kick and
Akron's Kofi Sarkodie sent his off the post. In round four, Jonathan
Villanueva (Grand Prairie, Texas) had a chance to clinch the title, but
Akron keeper David Meves made a save and the Zips' Scott Caldwell
converted the ensuing attempt to keep Akron alive.
(Virginia Beach, Va.) had Virginia's second attempt for a championship,
but Meves once again made a save. Blair Gavin had the fifth attempt for
Akron and needed to convert to force extra kicks, but his shot sailed
over the bar to give Virginia the National Championship.
Akron outshot Virginia 12-10 and had a 6-4 corner kick edge over the
110 minutes. Restrepo and Meves each made three saves in net.
who had two assists in the Cavaliers' semifinal win over Wake Forest
was named the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while
Restrepo, who posted his school record extending 16th shutout of the
season in the final, was named the College Cup's Most Outstanding
Defensive Player. Joining those players on the All-Tournament team were
Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.), Mike Volk (Bear, Del.) and Tchani.
championship was the second of Virginia's six titles to be decided in
penalty kicks. The Cavaliers won the 1991 title in a shootout over
Santa Clara after a scoreless draw. That game was the last time the
NCAA Championship Final had a scoreless draw and needed penalty kicks
to determine the winner.
Virginia 0, Akron 0 (2OT)
UVa won 3-2 on Penalty Kicks
Dec. 13, 2009
Akron 0 0 0 0 - 0 (2)
Virginia 0 0 0 0 - 0 (3)
UVa. Tony Tchani (goal)
Akron. Zarek Valentin (save)
UVa. Ari Dimas (goal)
Akron. Ben Zemanski (goal)
UVa. Sean Hiller (goal)
Akron. Kofi Sarkodie (post)
UVa. Jonathan Villanueva (save)
Akron. Scott Caldwell (goal)
UVa. Greg Monaco (save)
Akron. Blair Gavin (high)
Akron 12 (Bunbury 4, Speas 3, Sarkodie, Gavin, Ampaipitakwong,
Zemanski, Korb), UVa 10 (Tchani 4, Bates 2, Ownby 2, Barry,
Villanueva); Saves: Akron 3 (Meves 3), UVa 3 (Restrepo 3); Corner
Kicks: Akron 6, UVa 4; Fouls: Akron 10, UVa 22; Offsides: Akron 2, UVa
1; Attendance: 5,679; Records: Akron 23-1-1, UVa 19-3-3
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