No. 4 Cavaliers Down Tar Heels 2-1
CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 4 ranked Virginia men’s soccer team recorded its first ACC win of the season, downing North Carolina 2-1 Saturday night at Klckner Stadium. The Cavaliers got goals from Yannick Reyering (Mettingen, Germany) and Chris Tierney (Wellesley, Mass.), as they improved to 7-1-2 on the year, 1-0-2 in the ACC.
“I told the guys that to get a win tonight we needed to do the extra things,” said head coach George Gelnovatch. “We got several of those plays, like Neil Barlow saving a goal off the line and Chris following up a shot and getting the second goal off a rebound. In the conference standings, we needed to get three points tonight. We got that and also got some momentum heading into Clemson next week.”
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute of play. Colin Givens (Troy, Mich.) played a ball from the flank to Reyering on the far post. Reyering settled the ball and blasted a shot from 10 yards out between the goalkeeper and the near post. It was his eighth goal of the season, giving him the outright ACC lead in goals this year
The Tar Heels (3-3-4, 1-2-0 ACC) nearly tied the game in the 52nd minute. Zach Lloyd’s shot on a breakaway beat Cavalier keeper Michael Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.), but Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) raced back and slid to save the shot off the line. Less than two minutes later the Cavaliers would double their lead. Ross LaBauex (Chicago, Ill.) had a breakaway shot saved by Tar Heel keeper Tyler Deric, but the rebound went straight up into the air and Tierney was able to head home the rebound into the vacated net. It was Tierney’s career-high fourth goal of the season. North Carolina got a goal back in the 75th minute as Cameron Brown one-timed in a Michael Callahan cross, but the Tar Heels couldn’t get the equalizer.
The Cavaliers outshot the Tar Heels 15-14 in the game while UNC had a 8-3 corner kick advantage. Giallombardo made a career-high seven saves for Virginia while Deric made six saves for North Carolina.
The crowd of 4,505 at Klckner Stadium was the second largest of the season for Virginia and the sixth-largest crowd in Klckner Stadium history.
Virginia will return to action on Friday, October 12 as it visits Clemson. Game time at Riggs Field is 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the web by ACC Select.
#4 Virginia 2, North Carolina 1
North Carolina (3-3-4, 1-2-0) 0 1 1
#4 Virginia (7-1-2, 1-0-2) 1 1 2
1. UVa. Reyering, 8 (Givens, 1) 37’
2. UVa. Tierney, 4 (LaBauex, 3) 54’
3. UNC. Brown, 3 (Callahan, 2) 75’
Shots: 15 14
Corners: 3 8
Saves: 8 6
Fouls: 20 16
YC/RC: 2/0 2/0
Weather: 79 degrees, clear