December 18, 2009
Congressman Tom Perriello congratulated the University of Virginia Cavaliers soccer team on their victory over the University of Akron in the NCAA Division I College Cup Final Friday.
Perriello is sponsoring a resolution to have Congress officially honor the squad’s accomplishment.
In his statement, Perriello wrote:
“The Cavaliers showed why the phrase ‘defense wins championships’ is true with their performance this season. These players and their coaches worked incredibly hard and were rewarded for their tireless effort. I look forward to having the entire U.S. Congress honor the team by passing my resolution. Hopefully, my colleague Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio won’t be tempted to vote ‘present.’”
Following 120 minutes of regulation and overtime play, the second-ranked Cavaliers and the top-ranked Zips were tied at zero, necessitating a penalty-kick shootout which UVA won 3-2.
Head coach George Gelnovatch directed the team to its sixth national title in Division I soccer, its first since 1994, and the school’s 19th overall in all NCAA competitions.
Jonathan Villanueva, a senior midfielder for the Cavaliers, was named the tournament’s offensive most valuable player while the squad’s goalkeeper, junior Diego Restrepo, was honored as the defensive most valuable player.
The Cavaliers concluded the season with a 19-3-3 record, finishing on a 16-game unbeaten streak. Impressively, the team allowed just eight goals during the season in 25 games, giving it one of the lowest goals-against averages in NCAA history.