Men's Soccer Snuffs Thundering Herd
September 23, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia men’s soccer team scored early and often, netting four of their first nine shots, in a 4-0 shutout of Marshall University. With the victory, the sixth ranked Cavaliers remain unbeaten on the season at 5-0-2. The Cavaliers rebounded from a 2-2 tie at Wake Forest on Saturday with a solid all-around performance. Goalkeepers Brock Yetso (Columbia, MD/Centennial HS) and Mike Forensich (San Jose, CA) combined on the shutout, benefitting from a stingy Cavalier defense that held the Thundering Herd to eight shots, only two of which came from inside 20 yards. First-year forward Sheldon Barnes (Miramar, FL), second-year forward Chris Albright (Philadelphia, PA) and first-year midfielder Steve Totten (Allentown, NJ) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Virginia offense. Second-year midfielder Ryan Trout (Media, PA) contributed two assists.
The Cavaliers came out of the gate firing. Fourth-year midfielder Sam Franklin’s (Arlington, VA/Yorktown HS) header off of a Trout corner kick beat Marshall keeper Richard Orrick just 1:41 into the game. At 9:56, Trout took a pass from Totten and crossed it perfectly to Barnes who one-timed the ball into the right corner of the net, giving Virginia a 2-0 lead. Virginia Head Coach George Gelnovatch was pleased with his squad’s early scoring barrage.
“We thought we should have played better down at Wake Forest,” Gelnovatch said. “It was important for us to rebound from that and take advantage of our opportunities early in tonight’s game.”
The goals kept on coming for Virginia as Totten scored at 23:56. The Cavalier midfielder positioned himself in front of the Marshall net, took a cross from Albright and beat Orrick to the middle of the net for his fourth goal on the season. Just over twelve minutes later, Albright netted what would prove to be the final goal of the game on a one-timer off a Sheldon Barnes pass at 36:08.
Virginia’s next match is scheduled for Sunday at the University of North Carolina (4-2, 0-1 ACC). They return to Klockner Stadium on Wednesday, September 30th for a mid-week contest with the University of Buffalo. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
With one goal and one assist on the evening, Chris Albright enters a three-way tie for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead in goals scored with seven. He leads the Cavaliers in goals and scoring with 15 points on the year.
Steve Totten leads the Cavalier freshmen in goals scored with four. Current coach George Gelnovatch holds the school record for goals by a freshman with 16 in 1983.
Tonight’s victory marked Virginia’s third shutout on the season. Top-ranked Duke leads the ACC with five shutouts.
VIRGINIA 4, Marshall 0
Marshall (3-3-1) 0 0 0Virginia (5-0-2) 4 0 4
Virginia – FRANKLIN (Trout), 1:41.
Virginia – BARNES (Totten and Trout), 9:56.
Virginia – TOTTEN (Albright), 23:56.
Virginia – ALBRIGHT (Barnes), 36:08.
Shots: Marshall 8, Virginia 13;
Saves: Marshall 3 (Richard Orrick 3), Virginia 3 (Brock Yetso 1, Mike Forensich 2);
Corner Kicks: Marshall 1, Virginia 9;
Fouls: Marshall 13, Virginia 14;
Offsides: Marshall 0, Virginia 1;