Dimas? Late Second-Half Goal Gives No. 5 UVa 1-0 Victory at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. – Sophomore midfielder Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va.) scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left in the match to lift the fifth-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory at Clemson Saturday night.
“Give Clemson a lot of credit, because they played incredibly hard,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “To our credit, we responded and played hard too. It didn’t make for a pretty soccer game, but we found a way to keep our composure and finish at the end.”
With the win, Virginia improved to 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson’s record went to 1-4-1 (0-2-1 ACC) with the loss.
Locked in a scoreless draw for the first 86 minutes of the match, Virginia and Clemson managed eight shots between them during that span.
In the 87th minute, Dimas charged on a mis-cleared ball in Clemson’s defensive end and ripped a left-footed shot from 18 yards out. The ball got past Tiger goalkeeper Cody Mizell and found the right side of the net to put Virginia up, 1-0.
It was Dimas’ first goal of the season and the second of his career. Both of Dimas’ career goals have been game-winners.
Cavalier goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season (second-consecutive). He finished with two saves.
Clemson held a 5-4 advantage in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Up next, Virginia returns home to Klöckner Stadium for six-consecutive home matches. The first of those contests will be Tuesday, Sept. 28 vs. Longwood. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.