ODU Tops UVa, 3-1, In Exhibition
NORFOLK, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team fell in an exhibition contest, 3-1, at Old Dominion on Monday night. The Cavaliers will play their third and final preseason exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 29, vs. West Virginia at Klöckner Stadium.
Old Dominion got on the board first after a scoreless half in the 75th minute. Nane Joseph converted a penalty kick to give the Monarchs a 1-0 advantage.
Freshman Ahkeel Rodney (Elmont, N.Y.) scored an unassisted equalizing goal in the 82nd minute. That 1-1 tie did not last long, however, as Emmanuel Ambane scored a breakaway in the 85th minute off of an assist by Nick Foglesong.
Old Dominion tacked on one more goal before the final whistle. The Monarch goal was by Yannick Smith, who was assisted by Chris Harmon.
UVa held a slight advantage on shots, 9-8, and an 8-3 advantage on corner kicks. Virginia midfielder Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) had a team-high three shots, two of which were on goal.
Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) got the starting nod in goal for Virginia, while Matt Owen (Richmond, Va.) relieved him in the 75th minute.
ODU goalkeeper Evan Newton registered five saves in the match.
Saturday’s kick-off against the Mountaineers is scheduled for 7 p.m. The regular season kicks off for the Cavaliers on Sept. 4 and 6, when they travel to the Nike Portland Invitational to face host Portland and Washington.
The Cavaliers’ home opener is on Sept. 11 vs. Duke. Kick-off at Klöckner Stadium for that match is scheduled for 8 p.m. and follows a Virginia women’s soccer match at 6 p.m.