Cavalier Soccer Squads Suffer First Season Loss

It was a tough weekend for Virginia soccer fans, as both the men's and women's Virginia soccer teams fell in tough 1-0 losses this weekend. The No. 2 men's team lost to No. 12 Wake Forest at home, while the No. 5 women's team lost to West Virginia in Morgantown.

For the women, it was their first road game of September, as they fall to 6-1-1 on the season. West Virginia's Mallory Smith scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute to pull off the upset. Virginia outshot the Mountaineers 14-5 and had a 5-3 corner kick advantage, but in the end, WVU only needed one shot to seal the deal.

"I thought they sat back and waited for that one opportunity, and they finished it," head coach Steve Swanson said. "We had numerous chances in the second half to take control of the game, but couldn't do it. When you don't convert those chances, you leave yourself open to a team that can take advantage of their one shot.

The women open up ACC play on Thursday against in-state rivals Virginia Tech on the road, with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.

On the men's side, Wake Forest's Andy Lubahn scored in the 65th minute, a goal that would eventually snap the Cavaliers' streak of 20 unbeaten games and 13 unbeaten home games.

Scoring chances were plenty for the Cavaliers, who outshot the Demon Deacons 14-10 and had a 4-2 corner kick advantage, but Wake's keeper finished the night with 7 saves, including three in the final 10 minutes.

"Every ACC game is like this," head coach George Gelnovatch said. "Wake Forest capitalized on our mistake. We had a few chances down the stretch, but their goalkeeper was able to make saves."

The men are back in action Tuesday night at Klockner against American. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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