Virginia Advances To Finals
Nov. 12, 1999
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Coming off its 2-0 upset victory over thenumber two seeded Maryland Terrapins in the quarterfinal round of the 1999Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament, the number seven seededUniversity of Virginia men’s soccer team looked to record another win inthe semifinal round of the tournament against the Wake Forest DemonDeacons. UVa did just that., as the Cavaliers scored two first half goalsand held on for a 2-1 victory over the Demon Deacons at Spry SoccerStadium.
Virginia took a page out of its book from the 2-0 victory it postedover Maryland on Thursday – score early. The beginning of the game wasdeja vou all over again for the Cavaliers and Ryan Trout (Media, Pa./StrathHaven). Trout, who scored UVa’s first goal against Maryland just 4:11 intothe game, picked right up where he left off early on against Wake Forest.Virginia goalkeeper David Comfort (Richmond, Va./Monacan) fielded the ballin front of his own goal and sent a pass upfield to Trout who was streakingdown the sidelines. Trout gathered the pass and broke away from the DemonDeacon defense and drew a Wake Forest defender close to the right post ofthe goal before firing a shot to the opposite corner that avoided DemonDeacon goalkeeper Sean Connor and found the back of the net just 1:43 intothe game to put UVa ahead early, 1-0.
Leading by a goal, the Virginia offense wasn’t done yet. KennyArena (Fairfax, Va./Oakton) gathered a loose ball and sent a pass upfieldwhich connected with Trout who was streaking upfield again. Troutseparated himself from the Wake Forest defenders once again and had anuncontested route to the goal. From about 10 yards away from the goal,Trout took at shot that headed directly for Conner’s legs. The ball sailedbetween Conners legs and resulted in another UVa score at 31:51 to make ita 2-0 Virginia lead. The Cavaliers took their 2-0 lead into the lockerroom at the half.
The Demon Deacons came out of the half with an offense attack andlooked to climb back into the game. Wake Forest finally put itself on thescoreboard for the first in the game at 51:35 when Jamal Seale found ChrisLonteen on a loose ball score in front of the goal to cut the Virginia leadto 2-1. However, the Demon Deacons were unable to add the equalizing goalwhich would have tied the game, and the Cavaliers held on for a 2-1 victory.
With the win, UVa improves to 12-7-1 overall, while the loss dropsWake Forest’s record to 12-2-5 on the season. Virginia will now advance tothe ACC Championship game to play the Duke Blue Devils, who were 4-0winners over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the other semifinal contest.The contest will be played on Sunday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m.
UVa is now 20-5-3 all-time in the ACC Tournament. With this trip,the Cavaliers have advanced to ACC Tournament Finals nine of the last 10seasons. Trout has scored three of Virginia’s four goals in the tournamentthus far and has added an assist.
Scoring Summary 1 2 F#7 Virginia 2 0 2#3 Wake Forest 0 1 1
Goals: UVa 2 – Trout @ 1:43 (Comfort), Trout @ 31:51 (Arena), WF 1 -Lonteen @ 51:35 (Seale).
Shots: WF 10, UVa 7.
Saves: UVa 3 (Comfort), WF 3 (Conner).
Corner Kicks: WF 5, UVa 0.
Fouls: UVa 32, WF 23.
Offsides: UVa 5, WF 1.
Cautions: UVa 4 – Bush, Leonard, Prince, Solomon, WF 2 – Stafford, Thompson.