UVA men’s soccer scores late to beat Western Michigan 2-1 in season opener

Freshman Ank Nibogora scored the game-winning goal
Freshman Ank Nibogora scored the game-winning goal(wvir)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 10:31 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 10:32 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Ank Nibogora scored in the 88th minute, and the Virginia men’s soccer team beat Western Michigan 2-1 in its season opener on Thursday at Klöckner Stadium.

The goal by the freshman came less than four minutes after a score by Western Michigan’s Aidan O’Connor, which had knotted the match at 1-1.

The Broncos scored that goal while playing 9-on-11, as they lost one player due to a Red Card in the 10th minute, and had another player dismissed in the 48th minute.

UVA outshot WMU 9-to-4, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Sophomore Leo Afonso got the scoring started for the ‘Hoos with a header in the 28th minute.

Virginia (1-0) will be back in action at home against High Point on September 2nd.

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