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CHARLOTTESVILLE Yannick Reyering (Mettingen, Germany) had his first career hat trick Tuesday to lift the tenth ranked Virginia men’s soccer team to a 3-0 win over Liberty. The win improves the Cavaliers’ record to 9-3-2 on the season, while the Flames fall to 8-4-2.

“I thought we played well, especially how we managed the tempo,” said head coach George Gelnovatch. “Every time we went forward, we were dangerous. We scored three goals on nine shots that’s a great percentage. We need to get ready for Duke on Friday. Every team in the ACC is fighting for points in the standings so we know they will come in here hungry as well.”

The Cavaliers jumped out to the early lead in the eighth minute of play. Reyering received a ball in the midfield, dribbled past several defenders into the box and fired a shot past the keeper to give Virginia the 1-0 advantage. He found the back of the net again in the 29th minute as he one-timed in a cross from Chris Tierney (Wellesley, Mass.). Reyering completed the hat trick in the 70th minute as he received a cross from T.J. Cyrus (Virginia Beach, Va.) at the far post, controlled the ball and half-volleyed a shot just under the crossbar.

For Reyering, he is the ACC’s leading goal scorer with 12 on the season. He also moved into Virginia’s top ten list for career goals on the evening. His 38 career tallies places him ninth in school history.

The Cavaliers’ last hat trick was scored by Adam Cristman, who scored all three goals in a 3-1 win at Virginia Tech last season.

Liberty outshot Virginia 10-9 in the game and had a 4-3 corner kick advantage. Michael Giallombardo (Manalapan, N.J.) made six saves for Virginia to post his fifth shutout of the season, while Paul Gilbert made three saves for Liberty.

Virginia will continue its homestand on Friday as it hosts No. 23 Duke. Game time at Klckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live online by ACC Select.

#10 Virginia 3, Liberty 0

Liberty (8-4-2) 0 0 0
#10 Virginia (9-3-2) 2 1 3

Scoring Summary
1. UVa. Reyering, 10 (unassisted) 8’
2. UVa. Reyering, 11 (Tierney, Mitchell) 29’
3. UVa. Reyering, 12 (Cyrus) 70’

Shots: 9 10
Corners: 3 4
Saves: 6 3
Fouls: 12 10
YC/RC: 3/0 2/0

Weather: 73 degrees, overcast
Attendance: 1030

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