First shot, first goal!
Leo Afonso comes up with the turnover and makes it 1-0 Hoos!
Afonso's third goal of the preseason! #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/c2robvDpHn
— Virginia Men's Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) August 21, 2021
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-0 preseason) scored three second half goals en route to a 4-1 exhibition victory over Radford (1-1 preseason) on Saturday (August 21) at Klöckner Stadium. Sophomore Leo Afonso recorded his second-straight brace, including the opening goal in the first half.
19’ – UVA: Afonso (unassisted)
21’ – RAD: Benavides (Siczek)
58’ – UVA: Ueland (Anderson, Tsicoulias)
68’ – UVA: Afonso (Nibogora)
88’ – UVA: Ubogu (Aguilar)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first shot of the game for Virginia found the back of the net as Afonso came up with a turnover in Virginia’s attacking third blasted a shot from the 18 past Radford goalie Trevor Kallendorf.
- The Highlanders responded with the equalizer just two minutes and 28 seconds later with a strike off the foot of Juan Benavides in the 21st minute. The score would go unchanged for the remainder of the half.
- In the second half, Virginia put on a passing clinic. Off a set piece, Andreas Ueland was the recipient of a great passing sequence involving Jules Anderson and Michel Tsicoulias for the go-ahead score in the 58th minute. With a defender on his back, Ank Nibogora found the head of Afonso in the 68th minute on a cross to the middle of the box. The Cavaliers capped their scoring when Julian Aguilar slotted a pass for Kome Ubogu for the fourth and final tally.
A thing of beauty, Ueland with the finish! #GoHoos
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— Virginia Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) August 22, 2021
- Afonso finished the two-game exhibition portion of the schedule with four goals on eight shots. Last season as a freshman, Afonso scored twice while appearing in 15 games with six starts.
- Tsicoulias was credited with his second game-winning assist in as many matches. He assisted on Afonso’s game-winner against Longwood and Ueland’s go-ahead goal tonight.
- Ueland logged all 90 minutes, the most of any Cavalier field player.
- Virginia out-shot the Highlanders 11-5 and held a 3-2 edge in corners. Each team had four shots on goal.
- Virginia goalkeeper Holden Brown was credited with three saves on the night and played all 90 minutes.
- All four of Virginia’s shots on goal found the back of the net.
Virginia will open the 2021 season on Thursday, August 26 at Klöckner Stadium against Western Michigan. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start and will air live on ACCNX.