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Aug. 20, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team posted back-to-back victories in two exhibition games played in Holland to start the exhibition portion of its 2001 schedule with a 2-0 record. Virginia defeated team G.V.V. in Eindhoven, Netherlands by the score of 4-2 on Saturday, August 18th before handing Feyenoord a 2-0 loss in Feyenoord, Netherlands on Sunday, August 19th.

The Cavaliers were originally scheduled to play PSV in their first exhibition contest, however, PSV had to cancel its game with UVa due to a conflict with its schedule, setting up the Cavaliers matchup with G.V.V. Virginia’s Ryan Kelly (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee), Steve Totten (Allentown, N.J./Peddie), Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and Kyle Martino (Westport, Conn./Staples) each scored a goal to give UVa a 4-2 victory.

Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch felt the Cavaliers played a good game and looked crisp in their first exhibition of the preseason. “It was a good game,” said Gelnovatch. “G.V.V.’s players had an average age of about 26 or 27-years old and we played well, we had some very good results.”

In its 2-0 shutout of Feyenoord, Virginia’s Sheldon Barnes (Miramar, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and first-year newcomer Kirk Dinnal (Newton, Mass./Beaver Country Day) each scored a goal to lead UVa to its second victory. Feyenoord was a team which consisted of 19-year old players.

The Cavaliers will continue their European exhibition tour with a game against 1860 Munich in Munich, Germany on Wednesday, August 22nd. Virginia may also play a fourth exhibition game on Friday, August 24th before returning home to Charlottesville on August 25th.

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