Overtime Goal Lifts No. 3 Cavaliers To 2-1 Win Over Hokies
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team rallied from a goal down to earn a 2-1 overtime victory over visiting Virginia Tech on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. Junior defender Greg Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) had the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute to lift UVa to victory.
With the win, Virginia improved to 9-2-2 overall and 2-2-1 in ACC play. Virginia Tech fell to 4-8-1 overall and 1-3-1 in conference play.
“We stayed aggressive in the second half and into overtime,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We had the right tempo and the right mentality to score and sure enough we did.”
The Virginia Tech goal occurred in the 22nd minute when Evan Slusser headed a shot on goal that was saved by UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Hokie midfielder Mikey Minutillo was able to get his head on the rebound and put it past Restrepo’s left.
The 1-0 Hokie lead held up until the 76th minute, when defender Sean Hiller (Howell, N.J.) sent a long ball into the penalty box from the left side of midfield. Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) headed it past Virginia Tech goalkeeper James Daly for his sixth goal of the season.
The score remained 1-1 through the end of regulation despite several good scoring chances by Virginia’s Mike Volk (Bear, Del.) and Ownby.
Less than two minutes into the overtime period, Virginia was awarded its seventh corner kick of the game. After Sean Murnane (Centreville, Va.) lofted a service into the box, it was knocked around the penalty area. Monaco fired a shot to the back of the net for the win.
It was Monaco’s first goal of the season and second of his career.
Virginia out-shot the Hokies, 22-11, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Restrepo finished with three saves in goal for Virginia. Daly had six saves for Virginia Tech in defeat.
Up next for Virginia is a road ACC game at Boston College on Friday, Oct. 22. Kick-off for that match in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is 7 p.m.
No. 3 Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 1 (OT)
#3 Virginia (9-2-2, 2-2-1 ACC) 0 1 1 – 2
Virginia Tech (4-8-1, 1-3-1 ACC) 0 1 0 – 1
Virginia Tech. Minutillo 5 (Slusser) 22′
UVa. Ownby 6 (Hiller) 76′
UVa. Monaco 1 (Rodney) 92′
Shots: UVa 22, Virginia Tech 11
Corners: UVa 7, Virginia Tech 4
Saves: UVa 3 (Restrepo 3), Virginia Tech 7 (Daly 6, Team 1)
Fouls: UVa 9, Virginia Tech 13
Offsides: UVa 2, Virginia Tech 1