Men’s football beats American 2-0 – The Cavalier Daily

It was an unforgettable night for rookie forward Andy Sullins, who scored his first high school goal with a wonderful goal that served as the winning goal to help Virginia defeat the American 2-0. The Cavaliers (5-3, 1- 1 ACC) demonstrated offensive prowess with 15 shots against the Eagles (2-2-2, 0-1 Patriot League) on Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. On the defensive side, led by junior goalkeeper Holden Brown, Virginia produced his fourth clean sheet of the season.

The game started tensely with rookie defender Reese Miller receiving a yellow card after a careless entry into midfield. American responded to Virginia with offensive press that led to several turnovers for the Cavaliers. After a few minutes, Virginia began to find her rhythm as she began to control possession and aim for the goal.

The Cavaliers’ first shot of the game came from defender Moritz Kappelsberger, on a set-piece opportunity. A few possessions later, forward Philip Horton attempted a shot from outside the area that went off the side of the post. In response, the Eagles produced a counterattack that was stopped by Brown, who dove to intercept a cross from junior forward Robert Matei.

With six minutes to go before half-time, Virginia’s sophomore forward Micheal Tsicoulias took a shot from outside the area that was too fast for sophomore goalkeeper Dominic Dominguez, leading to a rebound that was caught by sophomore forward. Kome Ubogu, whose kick was deflected wide. limits for a corner.

The Cavaliers got off to a quick start in the second half with an attack that began with a Miller cross to midfielder Axel Ahlander in the area. Ahlander’s header was directed into the lower left corner but was deflected by Dominguez’s fingertips. In the corner that followed, the Cavaliers found their opening goal. The opening corner cross was deflected to Sullins, who threw the ball into the net to propel the Cavaliers to a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.

“We recruited him here to score goals,” coach George Gelnovatch said of Sullins’ first college goal. “Sometimes as a striker, when you break the ice and get that goal, more comes, and that’s what we expect.”

After the goal, Miller continued creating chances for Virginia, setting up a counterattack that led to a shot by Mangarov. A minute later, Miller had a volleyed kick that hit the side net after a cross pass from defender Paul Wiese. Across the field, the American managed to test Brown with a kick from outside the area, but Brown was up for the challenge, throwing a punch.

The Cavaliers continued to press the attack. With less than 20 minutes to go, Afonso tried a free kick that went over the crossbar. Minutes later, Afonso won a corner after his cross was deflected out of bounds – putting pressure on the American defense – but he couldn’t find a cushion goal. Miller then once again found an opening on the left, crossing to Horton, which almost resulted in a goal after the initial header was deflected, but the chance was stopped after a foul by Horton.

With seven minutes remaining, a deep pass from Horton forced Dominguez out of the area to clear the ball, but Horton pressed forward and managed to deflect the ball. The deflection rolled straight to Ubogu, who passed the ball into the open goal, doubling Virginia’s lead to make the final score 2-0.

“We had a shaky start in the first half, but we really stuck together and struggled a lot in the second half,” said Ubogu.

The Cavaliers return to road action against number 3 Syracuse on Saturday. The game will start at 7pm and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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