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Leo Afonso

170 lbs.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Olympic Heights (Fla.)
High School
Leo Afonso - Men's Soccer - Virginia Cavaliers

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• Appeared in 10 games for UVA, starting in 7 of them
• Missed nine games due to injury
• Scored five goals and recorded two assists in 2023
• Netted the game’s first goal in a 2-1 win over Maryland (9/4/23)
• Scored 2 goals off the bench against FIU including a game winning, overtime bicycle kick to send the Cavaliers to the Sweet 16
• Recorded three goals in Virginia’s 3 postseason matches

• Named as an All-ACC first team selection
• United Soccer Coaches All-Region second team selection
• Appeared in all 19 games for UVA, starting 18 of them
• Was on the field for every minute of nine contests
• Led the team in points (18) and goals (7) for the second consecutive season
• Tied for the team lead with four assists
• Led the team in game winning-goals with four
• Virginia was 6-0-1 in games when Afonso scored a goal and 9-0-1 when he recorded a point
• Recorded a point in two of UVA’s three postseason matches
• Assisted on the equalizing goal and scored himself in Virginia’s comeback win against Virginia Tech (9/9/22)
• Scored a late goal on the road at No. 3 Syracuse to give UVA a 1-0 win, and scored again against the Orange in the ACC Semifinal
• Bagged a late goal to give UVA a 1-0 win over No. 25 Wake Forest on senior night (10/22/22)
• Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week (10/25/22)
• Took 3.36 shots per game as one of the nation’s leading chance creators
• Scored his third career penalty kick goal to move into a tie for seventh all-time at UVA

• Started all 15 games played in
• Led team with 18 points on eight goals and two assists
• Scored a goal in five of UVA’s last six games of the season and recorded a point in all six
• Had first career brace to lead UVA to a 2-1 win over Boston College (10/8/21)
• Scored in the 55th minute to cut Pitt’s lead to 2-1 (10/22/21) on a penalty kick
• Finished with a goal and assisted UVA’s second goal against Duke (10/29/21)
• Ranked fifth in the ACC in goals per game (0.53), third in shots per game (3.27), fourth in shots on goal per game (1.47) and ninth in points per game (1.20)
• Was on the field for every minute of seven contests

• Appeared in all but one match as a true freshman
• Made six starts including the last five games of the spring season
• Scored two goals on 16 shots, both goals came in final four games of the season
• Credited with the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Central Arkansas on March 23

• Played club soccer for Boca United (2016-18), Philadelphia Union (2018-19) and Inter Miami (2019-20)
• Attended Somerset Academy (two years) before YSC Academy (one year) graduating from Olympic Heights in 2020. YSC Academy, affiliated with the Philadelphia Union, includes world-class soccer training with a rigorous college preparatory program
• As a member of Boca United in 2017-18, scored 25 goals, third most in the country

• Majoring in foreign affairs with a minor in entrepreneurship
• Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Son of Marcelo and Carla Afonso
• Has a sister Caroline and a brother Lucas
• Recipient of the 2022-2023 Timothy Doran Men’s Soccer Endowment