Virginia Falls To Old Dominion, 1-0, in NCAA Tournament First Round
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s soccer team was defeated, 1-0, by Old Dominion in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium. ODU’s Alex Vaughan scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute to lift the Monarchs to victory.
Virginia, the 2009 NCAA Champion, ends its season with an overall record of 11-6-3. With the win, Old Dominion improves to 10-6-2 and advances to the second round to face Penn State on Sunday (Nov. 21).
“We played hard and deserved better tonight,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “Give ODU credit, their goal was well taken. But up until the last minute I thought we were going to score. The shot Will Bates had that the goalkeeper got a finger on and grabbed off the line. The header T.J. Cyrus puts just wide. When those things happen, it just isn’t your day. Last year, we got those breaks. But this still hurts. We lose just two seniors, but everyone else returns. In the spring we will get back to training and turn our focus to next year and winning more championships.”
Virginia out-shot the Monarchs, 7-1, in the first half but did not manage to score and the match remained scoreless until halftime.
In the second half, Vaughan one-timed a pass from Chris Harmon and finished under the crossbar to give ODU the 1-0 lead.
The Cavaliers spent the rest of the half looking for the equalizer, but ODU held on for the victory. Sophomore forward Will Bates (Chester, Va.) had a shot saved by ODU goalkeeper Evan Newton with less than three minutes left in the game.
For the game, Virginia out-shot Old Dominion, 18-8, and held a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal for Virginia, senior Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished with two saves.
In goal for Old Dominion, Newton had four saves in the shutout.
Virginia vs. ODU
Virginia 0 0 – 0
ODU 0 1 – 1
ODU Alex Vaughan 4 (Chris Harmon) 63′
Shots: UVa 18, ODU 8
Corner Kicks: UVa 8, ODU 2
Saves: UVa 2 (Restrepo 2), ODU 4 (Newton 4)
Offsides: UVa 1, ODU 0