October 25, 2011
The Virginia men's soccer team earned their third straight shutout Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over American University. The No. 25 Cavaliers have held five of their last seven opponents scoreless and improve to 10-5-1 on the season.
Virginia will play the rest of the season without leading scorer Will Bates. The junior forward tore his ACL in Friday's game at Virginia Tech and is scheduled to have surgery on October 28. Bates had accounted for 14 of Virginia's 29 goals to that point.
On Tuesday, the Cavaliers looked elsewhere for their offense and found it from Calvin Rezende. The true freshman netted his first career goal in the 26th minute after coming into the game as a substitute. UVa led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Virginia doubled their lead on a header goal from Brian Ownby at the 67 minute mark. On the assist was freshman Chris Somerville, the first of his career. Somerville was playing in his first game since missing a month of the season with mono.
UVa keeper Spencer LaCivida made a pair of saves to notch his ACC-leading seventh shutout of the season.
"It was a pretty good performance," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "It was nice to get Chris Somerville back out there. I liked what I saw from him. We're not going to let the injuries get to us. We're going to be positive and move forward. We're in a good position in the ACC race and still have a chance to win the regular-season title with a big game with Boston College coming up this weekend."
Virginia is currently fourth in the ACC standings with two conference games to end the regular season. The Cavaliers will host Boston College Saturday at 7 p.m. and finish the regular season against N.C. State on Thursday November 3. The first round of the conference tournament is Tuesday November 8 at the higher seeded team.