Barlow's Overtime Goal Lifts UVa Over Washington, 2-1
PORTLAND, Ore. – Virginia senior Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) scored the game-winning goal in the 99th minute and the Cavaliers defeated Washington, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in their final game of the Portland Nike Invitational at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.
“It’s not an easy thing to travel across the country and play two games,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We played two teams that were completely different and presented us with two completely different challenges. Our team responded.”
With two victories, including Friday’s 3-0 victory over Portland, Virginia won the round-robin tournament. Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) was named the tournament’s offensive most valuable player and Ross LaBauex (Chicago, Ill.) was named the tournament’s defensive most valuable player.
Barlow’s goal, his first of the season and the fourth of his career, gave the Cavaliers the overtime victory and improved their record to 2-0 on the young season. The senior’s shot from the far right wing found the back of the net past Washington goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins.
The goal capped off a Cavalier comeback, as UVa trailed 1-0 in the first half after Husky midfielder Matt Van Houten headed in a goal off of a throw-in by Brent Richards in the sixth minute.
In the second half, Virginia battled back and tied the game in the 74th minute on a header goal by Greg Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) off of an assist by Barlow. For Monaco, it was the first goal of his career.
Neither team could convert its chances for the rest of the second half and the score remained tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation.
Barlow’s 99th-minute goal was the second game-winner of his career.
“There was about one minute left in overtime and we had a substitution ready for Neil,” Gelnovatch said. “But with everything he had left he made a great run and drove a ball to score. It was a fantastic shot.”
Diego Restrepo had two saves in goal for Virginia.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, Sept. 11 vs. ACC foe Duke. That match at Klöckner Stadium is scheduled to kick off at approximately 8 p.m., following the Virginia women’s soccer team’s 6 p.m. match vs. West Virginia.
MATCH NOTES: Virginia earned its first overtime victory of the year and its first overtime victory since a 3-2 double-overtime triumph over No. 1 Wake Forest at the 2008 ACC Tournament … Sophomore Greg Monaco scored his first career goal and had his first career points … senior Neil Barlow scored his second-career game-winning goal … Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch posted his 197th career victory, and his overall record at the helm of UVa improved to 197-76-22.