'Hoos Beat VCU on Bird's Golden Goal

Shortly after sending the Virginia soccer fans at Klöckner Stadium home happy on Tuesday night, junior Eric Bird talked about the importance of winning at home.

"We want to make this place a fortress again," Bird said following the Cavaliers' 2-1 win over No. 23 VCU.

Bird added another brick to that fortress on Tuesday, scoring the golden goal late in second overtime. UVa has now won its last three in a row, and is unbeaten in its last five matches.

"We talked about this game all week," said Bird. "We know VCU is an excellent team. They're obviously ranked in the Top 25. And we knew we needed to get this win."

Tuesday's match was the Cavaliers' sixth in the last 19 days, prompting coach George Gelnovatch to use more substitutions than usual. Bird admitted after the win to being "absolutely exhausted."

“I’m so proud,” Gelnovatch said afterward. “For me, the win was the cherry on top. But psychologically, getting through the fatigue and coming up with a win against a very good VCU team, I’m so proud.”

Bird also assisted on the Cavaliers' other goal, scored by sophomore Darius Madison in the first half. Bird's goal gives him a team-high four on the season, while Madison now has three.

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