Four years after the Virginia men's soccer team won the National Championship, the Cavs are back in the hunt again.
Virginia punched its ticket to the 2013 College Cup with a 2-1 win over Connecticut Friday night in an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal. The eighth-seeded Cavaliers got goals from Ryan Zinkhan and Jordan Allen to move on to the 11th College Cup in program history.
“It never gets old. This is my fourth trip and it never gets old,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “But it’s the first time for these guys. It’s a different look, brightness, freshness, and excitement about going to the College Cup. The College Cup is something special and they deserve it.”
Virginia scored first in the 12th minute when Darius Madison corralled a loose ball in the UConn third of the field, then drove deep into the box and sent a low cross to an unmarked Zinkhan, who roofed it just inside the near post for his fifth goal of the year.
UConn knotted the game in the 39th minute. Following a corner kick, the Cavaliers failed to clear the ball and Cyle Larin sent a ball back to Kareem Morad, who stuck a great ball just inside the far post. It was Morad’s first score of the season.
Following a free kick just outside the box, UVa nearly scored in the 62nd minute on a header by Zinkhan, but the ball was knocked off the line just inside the post by a Connecticut defender. That sequence led to a corner kick for Virginia though, and the Cavaliers capitalized. Scott Thomsen sent a corner kick into the box and it caromed around in traffic before Zach Carroll flipped the ball up and Allen flew in with a half bicycle kick to knock the ball past Blake from just outside the six-yard box.
Virginia out-shot UConn 15-11 and put 10 shots on goal to three for the Huskies. UVa held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks. Virginia goalkeeper Calle Brown made a pair of saves.
The Cavs will play the winner of California-Maryland in next Friday's semifinals in Philadelphia.