No. 2 Virginia Marches On To NCAA Quarterfinals, Shuts Out Portland 1-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 2 UVa men’s soccer team shut out Portland, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium in the third round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va.) scored the game-winner in the 46th minute for the Cavaliers, who advance to the quarterfinals and will face Maryland on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville.
“We grinded it out in the last 20 minutes,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “In terms of grinding it out and creating chances the result and the performance were very good.”
Virginia (16-3-3) extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games and shut out its 10th-straight opponent. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) posted his 14th shutout of the season and extended his scoreless streak to 1,017 minutes and 34 seconds. The NCAA record was set by Michigan State goalkeeper Avery Steinlage from Oct. 15, 2008 to Sept. 21, 2009 and is 1,318 minutes and 26 seconds.
The Cavaliers and Pilots played to a scoreless first half. Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) had the two best scoring chances for the Cavaliers in the first half. He tapped in a cross from Shawn Barry (Miramar, Fla.) in the 14th minute, but was whistled for offsides. Then in the 37th minute, he fired a shot from the top of the box that was saved by Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero.
For Virginia, Restrepo had a diving save to his left on a shot by Ryan Luke with two minutes left in the stanza, which preserved the scoreless tie.
Virginia scored in the 46th minute, when Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) found Barry on the right sideline. Barry crossed the ball across the goal, and Dimas one-timed it on goal. The ball trickled across the goal line past the Pilots’ goalkeeper, giving UVa a 1-0 lead. It was Dimas’ first goal of the season and his career. Tchani was credited with one assist, his third of the year, along with Barry, who notched his second assist of the year.
“Shawn Barry played a great ball,” Dimas said. “I was making a run to the far post and I didn’t have much of an angle so I was just trying to direct it onto the frame. The keeper was sliding to his right and his momentum carried him and I got the ball to the left. It was a big boost coming into the second half and definitely pumped us up.”
Ticket prices for Friday’s quarterfinal are $9 for reserved tickets, $7 for adult general admission tickets and $5 for youth and students of participating schools. Please call (800) 542-UVA1 for tickets. Cash parking is available at the University Hall lots for $5.