Virginia (20-1-1, 6-1-1): 3
SMU (18-2-1, 5-1-1): 2
Junior Joe Bell (Wanaka, New Zealand) scored the game-winning goal on a rebound of his own penalty kick attempt in overtime to give top-seeded Virginia (20-1-1) a 3-2 win over eighth-seeded SMU (18-2-1) at Klöckner Stadium on Friday night (Dec. 6). The victory clinched Virginia’s 13th College Cup appearance and first since 2014.
The Cavaliers will advance to play the winner of Wake Forest and UCSB that is scheduled for Saturday night (Dec. 7) at 5 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Bell capped off a wild finish that saw a combined four goals in the final 24:24 of the match. He came into the final kick a perfect 5-for-5 on the season in PKs including one in the 78th minute to put the Cavaliers up 2-1. Sophomore Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.) setup both of the of Bell’s penalty kick goals by drawing fouls inside the box.
“That was just a good soccer game,” head coach George Gelnovatch said. “I have a lot of respect for them (SMU). There were a lot of goals in the game, a lot of momentum swings, some good football and some good players out there. I thought that was a pretty good representation (for both teams).”
Virginia took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break thanks to the second goal of the season by Axel Gunnarsson (Gothenburg, Sweden) 18 minutes into the match. Gunnarsson was the beneficiary of a beautiful passing sequence that began on the Virginia side of the field. Dike and Irakoze Donasiyano (Roanoke, Va.) were credited with assists on the play.
GOOOOAAALLL!!! A beautiful sequence leads to Axel Gunnarsson’s second goal of the year!
— Virginia Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) December 7, 2019
The Cavaliers looked to have control of the game until the Mustangs were able to level the match on a penalty kick conversion by Gabriel Costa in the 71st minute. SMU was awarded the PK after a UVA hand ball in the box. It was only the first goal scored on the Cavaliers in 320 minutes of game action and the first of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cavaliers went ahead for the second time in the match on Bell’s first goal of the night exactly five minutes later. SMU, the nation’s second-highest scoring offense, once again was able to knot the game up, this time with 6:27 left in regulation.
Virginia outshot SMU 18-7 in the match and held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
The NCAA College Cup will take place in Cary, N.C. at WakeMed Soccer Park. Semifinal matches will be played on Friday (Dec. 10) and the final will be on Sunday (Dec. 12). All three matches will air on ESPNU. Game times will be announced after the conclusion of the quarterfinal round.
• Virginia improved to 3-0-1 in overtime games this season and are 15-0 when leading at the half.
• The Cavaliers finished off their home slate 15-1, the most home wins in college soccer. The 15 wins also match a school record set in 1995.
• The Cavaliers now own a nine-game win streak, the longest in college soccer.
• The two goals by SMU were the first scored by a non-ACC opponent this season. Virginia had been unscored upon in its previous 10 matches against non-ACC foes. The multi-goal effort by the Mustangs was only second surrendered by Virginia in the last 24 games.
• The two goals for Bell were a career high and marks the second-straight game a Cavalier has put forth a multi-goal match. Bell is the 19th Cavalier to score two or more goals in an NCAA match.
• Dike has drawn fouls that have led to seven Cavalier goals this season and also leads the team with seven he’s scored himself.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Back to Winning Ways at Home
Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
VCU DEFENSE, HYLAND GROUND FLYERS 66-43
Score: VCU 66, Old Dominion 43
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-4 (3-2 A-10), Dayton 8-3 (4-3)
The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
- Hyland scored 13 of his 28 in the first half as the Rams built a 20-point lead. He finished 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. He added five rebounds and two steals
- Senior foward Levi Stockard III tallied a team-high six rebounds and chipped in six points of his own
- Junior Vince Williams contributed seven points and four rebounds
- Jordy Tshimanga and Zimi Nwokeji provided 10 points each for Dayton
- VCU held Dayton to just 13 points in the first half on 6-of-28 shooting. Those 13 points were the Flyers least in a half since 2010
- Hyland scored five points during a 14-0 VCU run that provided the Rams with a 19-4 lead with 10:26 left in the first half. The Flyers never recovered
- The Rams held the Flyers to season-low 31 percent (17-of-55) shooting including 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Flyers missed their first 14 three-pointers in the game
- VCU continued their dominance in the paint this season, outscoring Dayton 36-22 around the basket
- VCU held Dayton to a season-low 43 points, the Flyers’ lowest total since a 68-34 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2010
- The Rams recorded a season-high 44 rebounds
- Hyland tallied 25+ points for the third time this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this year
VCU will continue its three-game home stand against UMass 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Siegel Center. The game will air on CBS6 in Richmond and digitally on ESPN+.
Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge
The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.
The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.
“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.
“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”
Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.
Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.
Spiders versus Ram Game Postponed Due to Covid-19
Sometimes when you play sports in the middle of a pandemic people test positive for the disease that has killed over 380,000 in the United States.
The cross-city basketball derby will have to wait. University of Richmond released the following statement.
The University of Richmond men’s basketball home game Saturday against VCU has been postponed in response to the results from the latest COVID testing and contact tracing within the Spiders program. All team activities are paused at this time.
Richmond continues to follow the guidance of University health officials and the Virginia Department of Health protocols. No decisions have been made regarding any additional Richmond games.