For the fourth straight season the Virgnia men's soccer team will move on to the NCAA Second Round. The defending national champions beat Rider 2-0 on Thursday night to keep their title dreams alive.
UVA had the better of the chances early on. Pablo Aguilar and Patrick Foss threatend the goal with back-to-back blasts, but none of them could get past Brocns keeper Ryan Baird. The 'Hoos put on the pressure towards the end of the half, when a Todd Wharton free kick found Riggs Lennon who hit it wide from six-yards out. But the 'Hoos continued to struggle with the final ball. The Cavs edged the Broncs 6-3 on shots, but the match remained scoreless heading into the break.
In the second half, the 'Hoos did not waste any time. Minutes into the period and Marcus Salandy-Defour striked one under the keeper's legs and past a defender, but the shot could not find the target, going inches wide. Minutes later, it was Edward Opoku who frightened the Broncs faithful. Opoku went around Baird to create an empty net in front of him, however, Sonimi Holliday cleared the shot off the line to keep the Cavaiers at bay.
Fast forward to the 57th minute, where the Wahoos would once again come inches to a goal, but the Riggs Lennon header went wide once again. But it was only a matter of time for the Wahoos. Salandy-Defour hit an absolute cracker from 25-yards out to make it 1-0 after 68 minutes of play.
After Rider was called for a handball Wharton had the chance to put the game to bed, however, Baird made the critical stop to keep the Broncs alive in the match.
Rider had a few chances in the final ten minutes, but the 'Hoos iced the game when Jean-Christophe Koffi found a streaking Jake Rozhansky inside the box, who beat the defender and the keeper to seal the win for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers will now focus on tenth seed Maryland. The Cavs will travel to College Park on Sunday to face the Terps in the second round match.