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Jan. 25, 2010
1:05 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The injury-marred college soccer career of forward Chris Agorsor is over.

Agorsor, who was among the most heralded recruits to join the program in recent years, has left the University, Cavaliers coach George Gelnovatch said Monday morning.

“He decided it’s the right time for him to pursue a professional soccer career, and we wished him all the best,” Gelnovatch said.

Agorsor graduated from McDonogh High near Baltimore. As a 12th-grader, he was named the Gatorade national high school player of the year, and he made an immediate impact at UVa in 2008.

He scored 4 goals in seven games as a freshman before tearing the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.

Reconstructive surgery repaired his knee, and Agorsor was cleared to play this season. In late October, however, he suffered a high-ankle sprain, and by the time that injury healed, UVa had settled on a forward rotation that didn’t include him.

Agorsor did not play in the postseason for the Wahoos, who won the ACC championship Nov. 15 and beat Akron for the NCAA title Dec. 13. For the season, he had 2 goals and 2 assists in 13 games, 10 of which he started.

Coming out of high school and then again last summer, Agorsor considered turning pro, Gelnovatch said. They agreed this time that it would be best for Agorsor to pursue his dream.

“You can’t have a guy that’s halfway in,” Gelnovatch said. “We wish him all the best and hope he succeeds.”

With Will Bates and Brian Ownby back, Gelnovatch likes the Cavaliers’ talent level at forward, even without Agorsor. And the incoming freshman class will add more depth at that position.

Those recruits, who’ll sign letters of intent next month, won’t start classes at the University until this summer. But two transfers — Felipe Libreros and Matt Miscione — enrolled at UVa this month and are taking part in the team’s offseason program, which starts this week.

As a freshman at South Florida in 2008, Libreros played with goalie Diego Restrepo, who transferred to UVa after that season. Restrepo was an All-American for the ‘Hoos in 2009.

Libreros, who’s from Colombia, has two years of eligibility left. He appeared in 14 games in 2009 for a USF team that finished 14-4-3 after losing to Akron in the NCAA tournament’s first round.

“He’s a central/wide midfielder — just what we need,” Gelnovatch said.

Miscione, a goalkeeper, is a 2009 graduate of Stone Bridge High in Northern Virginia. He started 12 of the 14 games in which he appeared last season for Bryant, a Division I school in Rhode Island. Miscione had a goals-against average of 1.53, with 80 saves.

Restrepo is a virtual lock to start again in 2010, but Miscione gives UVa an experienced backup at goalie.

Jeff White

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