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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The second-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team scored two goals early in the first half and held on for the shutout of Marist, 2-0, Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) led the Cavaliers with a goal and an assist.

With the victory, Virginia’s record improved to 3-0-1 overall and extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games. Additionally, the Cavaliers extended their unbeaten home streak to 13 contests.

Marist’s record went to 2-3 with the loss.

Virginia scored its first goal in the ninth minute, when Ownby found room on the left side of the left field, dribbled past a defender and crossed the ball in front of the goal. Junior Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.) one-touched the ball into the back of the net from five yards away to give UVa the 1-0 lead.

For Simpson, it was his team-high third goal of the year. He has scored in three-consecutive contests for the Cavaliers.

Virginia added on an insurance goal in the 16th minute. Junior Felipe Libreros (Oldsmar, Fla.) passed a ball to Ownby on the right side, and Ownby fired a shot to the far post from 12 yards out. Marist goalkeeper Joe Pilla was unable to make the save and the Cavaliers went up 2-0.

It was Ownby’s first goal of the 2010 season and Libreros’ first-career point with the assist.

UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had six saves and posted his second shutout of the season.

The Cavaliers out-shot Marist, 15-10, and held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Up next, Virginia hosts Wake Forest in ACC action on Saturday night. Kick-off from Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m.

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