Virginia forward Will Bates scored on a header off a corner kick in the 87th minute, as the UVA men's soccer team beat Lafayette 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon at Klockner Stadium.
Bates says, "I literally just stood still. Scotty (Thompson) put a great ball in, and it just landed right on my head. The little separation I created, and it ended up going in the back of the net."
Bates is the lone senior for the Cavaliers this season.
Virginia (10-6-4) was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons, with their last NCAA tournament win coming in the 2009 championship game.
Head coach George Gelnovatch says, "We found a way, as opposed to the past two years, and with a much younger team. For me, we're taking it one game at a time. The future is now, but the longer we keep playing with this younger team, the better."
Bates adds, "Some days, it's a little bit tough, and I think today was one of those days. We've had seven or eight good games in a row, where we really put everything into it, and today was a little off."
UVA is unbeaten in its last seven matches, and returns to action in the second round Sunday at New Mexico.