No. 4 Virginia Cruises Past Alabama A&M, 10-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 4 Virginia shut out Alabama A&M, 10-0, on Saturday night at Klöckner Stadium. Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.), Will Bates (Chester, Va.) and Ahkeel Rodney (Elmont, N.Y.) all scored two goals apiece for the Cavaliers.
The 10 goals were one shy of the school record 11 which was accomplished vs. Richmond in 1981 and Old Dominion in 1971. It was the highest scoring output for UVa since a 10-0 victory at VCU on Sept. 13, 1989. The 10 assists by Virginia were also one shy of a school record.
The win improved Virginia’s overall record to 8-2-1 and extended its unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 19 games. Alabama A&M fell to 0-9 on the season.
“Everybody had a chance to play tonight,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “I’m happy that everyone played hard. It’s not easy to score 10 goals in a Division I college soccer game. Now we are turning our attention to JMU on Tuesday night.”
Ownby got the offense going, scoring back-to-back goals in the ninth and 17th minutes. Both of his goals were assisted by Bates’ crosses from the right side.
Bates scored a goal of his own in the 40th minute that was assisted by Sean Murnane (Centreville, Va.), and the Cavaliers got two more before halftime. The fourth goal was knocked in by Felipe Libreros (Oldsmar, Fla.) in the 44th minute on an assist from Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.) and Bates scored his second of the night less than a minute later on another assist from Murnane.
Virginia led 5-0 at halftime. In the second half, Rodney beat Alabama A&M goalkeeper Joshua Bryan to the lower right corner of the net from 12 yards out to score his first-career goal. Bryan Lima (Boca Raton, Fla.) had the assist – his first career point.
After a goal from Span in the 54th minute (his fourth of the season) that was assisted by Rodney, the sophomore forward scored again in the 64th minute on an assist from Marcus Douglas (Washington, D.C.).
Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.) rounded out the scoring for the Cavaliers, finished another assist from Douglas in the 73rd minute. Cameron Chavira (Roanoke, Va.) had a shot in the 90th minute, but a Bulldog defender changed the direction of the shot and hit it into the net for an own goal.
In the second half, Virginia scored five goals on seven shots.
UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) posted the shutout, his sixth of the season.
Up next, Virginia hosts No. 25 James Madison on Tuesday (Oct. 12). Kick-off at Klöckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
No. 4 Virginia 10, Alabama A&M 0
#4 Virginia (8-2-1) 5 5 – 10
Alabama A&M (0-9) 0 0 – 0
UVa. Brian Ownby 4 (Will Bates) 9′
UVa. Brian Ownby 5 (Will Bates, Sean Murnane) 17′
UVa. Will Bates 5 (Sean Murnane) 40′
UVa. Felipe Libreros 1 (Brian Span) 44′
UVa. Will Bates 6 (Sean Murnane) 44′
UVa. Ahkeel Rodney 1 (Bryan Lima) 47′
UVa. Brian Span 4 (Ahkeel Rodney) 54′
UVa. Ahkeel Rodney 2 (Marcus Douglas) 64′
UVa. Jimmy Simpson 4 (Marcus Douglas) 73
UVa. Own goal 90′
Shots: UVa 23, Alabama A&M 4
Corners: UVa 8, Alabama A&M 0
Saves: UVa 1 (Restrepo 1), Alabama A&M 3 (Hammonds 3)
Fouls: UVa 10, Alabama A&M 13
Offsides: UVa 8, Alabama A&M 2