McBride & UVa Men's Soccer Get Another Shot at Maryland in College Cup
In the 88th minute of the ACC Men's soccer final, Maryland's Patrick Mullins drilled a low hard cross that ricocheted off Virginia's Kevin McBride and into the net, securing Maryland's 1-0 ACC Championship win over the Cavaliers.
"It happens around the world every weekend," said UVa head coach George Gelnovatch. "When your facing your own goal, the ball gets smashed in front of the goal and it goes off you and in, you know it happens." McBride added, "I think it's more the fact that it was the ACC Championship. To lose on a big stage like that you always want another shot."
McBride and the Cavaliers will get just that Friday night when they face Maryland in the NCAA Final Four. This time, they'll have a week's rest under their belt before they face their rival.
Gelnovatch said, "That loss I think really helped motivate us for this run that we've had in the post season...Meanwhile a by-product of that motivation is I think we've gotten better."
UVa Defender Kyler Sullivan said, "The fans, the players, everyone knows how big of a game it is. It's probably the best rivalry I've had playing soccer."
This NCAA semifinal match will be Virginia's third shot at Maryland. The Cavalier's tied the Terps 3-3 in double overtime during the regular season and then of course, eventually fell to them in the ACC Championship.
"The last two times we played them you know were probably our toughest games in the season," said Sullivan. "So just trying to prepare ourselves mentally and physically but more excitement then probably anything."
For McBride, a win Friday would be the best revenge. McBride said, "It would be awesome, it would be incredible."
Sullivan added, "Whoever gets this win is gonna be able to have bragging rights for a little while."
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