The biggest question about the Virginia men's soccer team entering this season was where the goals would come from. And it didn't look like the Cavaliers had an answer during their 1-3 start, scoring just five goals in those first four games.
Fast forward two weeks, and the Cavaliers are finding the back of the net with much more consistency. On Tuesday night, they wrapped up a three-match homestand with a season-high four goals, in a shutout of previously unbeaten Providence. Virginia scored 10 goals on that homestand, and finished 2-0-1.
"I think the easy part now is doing what we did today," coach George Gelnovatch said after Tuesday's win. "Which is, being really good in front of the goal, while at the same time keeping that attacking rhythm that we have in the attacking half. Combinations, finishing our chances, restarts. All good stuff."
The Cavaliers' goals have also been coming from a variety of sources. Eight different players scored during that recent homestand. For the season, the team's 15 goals have come from 11 different players.
"You can't replace a guy like Will Bates. And so, we talked about this at the very beginning. We said this is going to have to be a collective effort," said junior midfielder Eric Bird, whose two-goal performance on Tuesday gave him a team-high three for the season.
"And it gives us a huge amount of confidence knowing that you don't necessarily have to rely on that one guy, every single night, to get you a goal."