WASHINGTON, D.C – Virginia (2-1-0) fell 2-1 against No. 11 Maryland (4-0-0) at Audi Field in the third annual ‘Battle of the DMV.’ Freshman forward Michael Tsicoulias netted his first collegiate goal in the first half.
26’ – UVA: Michael Tsicoulias (Paul Wiese)
61’ – UMD: Ben Bender (Unassisted)
78’ – UMD: Brayan Padilla (Griffin Dillon, Chris Rindov)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia defender Paul Wiese sent in a pass to Tsicoulias in the box. Tsicoulias dribbled past a Maryland defender and struck a left-footed shot past the keeper’s outstretched arms.
- Maryland midfielder Ben Bender converted a penalty in the 61st minute, striking it in the bottom right corner of the goal.
- Maryland forward Brayan Padilla launched a left-footed strike from outside the box, just past the reach of UVA goalkeeper Holden Brown. Griffin Dillon and Chris Rindov assisted on the goal.
- UVA and Maryland now hold a 1-1-1 record in the ‘Battle for the DMV’ series.
- UVA has had four different players score in its first three matches.
- Holden Brown set a career high in saves with nine against the Terrapins.
- The defensive trio of Brown, Andreas Ueland, and Oliver Gerbig have played all 270 regular season minutes for the Cavaliers.
- Daniel Wright was sent off in the 44th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
FROM HEAD COACH GEORGE GELNOVATCH
On Holden Brown’s performance:
“[Holden Brown] is growing every game, just in his confidence and his presence, the qualities of saves that he’s making, the decisions that he’s making. With each game he gets a bit more confident, and I think this game will help.”
On his thoughts on the game:
“It was a very good game for 44 minutes, it’s hard to play down a man. Maryland is a very good team, and it is hard to play down a man against a good team. For 44 minutes it was an even game, well contested game and actually a very good game. So, I give them credit for a really good second goal, that was a quality shot from distance for the winner. I thought we defended really well and we’re doing a pretty good job in that regard and the guy [Brayan Padilla] finished that goal really well.”
Virginia will return to Klöckner Stadium on Friday, September 10 to face Syracuse, its first ACC opponent of the season. The match is set for a 7 p.m. kick and will air on ACCNX.