George Gelnovatch's team returns all but one starter next season
In their final meeting as conference opponents, the Virginia men's soccer team's season came to an end with a 2-1 defeat against Maryland in the National Semifinals.
Terps head coach Sasho Cirovski says, "We battle it out every year it seems like for the ACC tournament, but we haven't played this deep. To beat them on a stage like this today is satisfying, and I have nothing but respect for them."
Patrick Mullins scored both goals for the Terrapins in the College Cup.
The senior forward had five goals in three games against UVa this season.
Virginia sophomore midfielder Todd Wharton says, "He's probably the best player in the country. We've played him three times, and I think he single-handedly beat us every time."
Head coach George Gelnovatch adds, "Mullins is a very, very good player, and he single-handedly beat us today."
While the Cavaliers came up short in the College Cup this season, they only lose one senior off the roster, and will looking to be back with a chance to win it all next year.
Gelnovatch says, "If you had asked me before the season if I thought we were a College Cup team, I would have said, 'I think 2014 we would have been a College Cup team.' I think this team was a little bit ahead of schedule. Getting to this point, getting to the College Cup, and playing as well as we did tonight, with so many guys returning, we should be back here."
Junior goalkeeper Calle Brown says, "We're looking forward to the offseason, and working harder to get back to the College Cup, and hopefully get to the final next year."
The Cavaliers finish the season with a record of 13-6-5.
In 2014-15, the Cavaliers will play Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest and NC State two times each. Virginia will host Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena.
In 2014-15, the Cavaliers will play Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest and NC State two times each. Virginia will host Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena.Full Story