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UVa Men's Soccer Ready for Rematch with Maryland in College Cup

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The Virginia men's soccer team didn't clinch their trip to the College Cup off just any goal - they did so off a half bicycle kick from the foot of Jordan Allen.

Allen said, "it's kind of an instinctual thing. The ball popped up and I didn't really have time to think about it. When it comes off it looks really good, but when it doesn't come off you look a little dumb so luckily it came off for me today."

The same 11 men that started the game finished it as Virginia made no subs for the first time all season long. A big change from their round of 16 win over Marquette when the Cav's played a man down for 89 minutes due to a red card.

Head coach George Gelnovatch said, "As the game ticked down and I thought about making some changes - I was gonna leave that group on there to win the game because those guys just had the look in their eye and everything about them."

Virginia has won the national championship six times in program history, with the most recent in 2009. The Cavaliers will face Maryland in the NCAA Semifinals and this will be a rematch that brings back bad memories as the Terps barely edged UVA 1-0 in the ACC championship.

"After we lost in the ACC Championship, a lot of the senior guys they were kind of down," said Allen."They thought maybe it was their last shot at it so a lot of us are trying to do it for them." 

Gelnovatch added,"There's a different look and brightness and freshness and excitement about the group about going to the College Cup. The College Cup is something special."

 

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