No. 20 Virginia Shuts Out Mount St. Mary's, 1-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 20th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team shut out Mount St. Mary’s, 1-0, Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Senior midfielder Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) scored the game-winning goal in the 38th minute to give UVa the victory.
With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 3-1 on the year, while Mount St. Mary’s fell to 1-4.
Virginia out-shot The Mount, 18-2, and held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. After multiple scoring opportunities in the first half, the Cavaliers got on the board when Barlow bent a ball from 12 yards out to the far post and past Mount St. Mary’s goalkeeper Chris Davis for his second goal of the season.
Barlow was assisted by freshman Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va.), who passed him the through ball. It was Dimas’ first career assist and point. For Barlow, it was the fifth goal of his career and third game-winner.
Freshman Will Whorton (Atlanta, Ga.) earned the start in goal for Virginia, and clocked 45 minutes of the shutout. Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) relieved him at halftime and preserved the shutout.
Davis, meanwhile, recorded six saves in defeat. The Cavalier offense was led by Will Bates (Chester, Va.), who had three shots, all on goal. Chase Neinken (Roswell, Ga.) and Greg Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) also tallied three shots apiece for Virginia.
Eric Detzel and Chris Wheeler each had a shot for The Mount.
The win marked Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch’s 198th career victory as he moves closer to milestone win No. 200.
Up next, Virginia travels to No. 2 Wake Forest on Friday (Sept. 18) for a 7 p.m. match.
MATCH NOTES: Virginia earned its first home win of the season and improved to 3-1 overall … the Cavaliers improved to 7-0 in the all-time series with Mount St. Mary’s … Will Whorton earned his first career start … Ari Dimas registered his first career assist and point … Neil Barlow improved his career goals total to five and had the third game-winning goal of his career … T.J. Cyrus earned his first start of the 2009 season … UVa head coach George Gelnovatch’s career record improved to 198-77-22.