After a disappointing 0-1 loss to No. 12 Wake Forest this past weekend, the Virginia Cavaliers appear to be back on track, defeating American 2-0 on Tuesday night. The win marks the team's third shutout of the season and extends their unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 16 games. Junior Brian Ownby and sophomore Will Bates each notched a goal in the second half of the contest.
"The second half was more inspiring than the first half," head coach George Gelnovatch said. "Sometimes with these Tuesday night games we get off to a slow start, but I will say that American is a very good side. From what I saw tonight, they are a playoff team."
The game was locked up at nil until Ownby, assisted by Bates, found the back of the net in the 60th minute after ricocheting the ball off an American defender. Hermann Trophy candidate Bates followed this up in the 78th minute with another goal off a defender.
American's Adem Gokturk was red carded in the 69th minute.
The Hoos outshot American 12-6, and improve to an all-time record of 16-3 against American. Last night's win marked the Cavaliers' 10th consecutive victory over American.
The Hoos return to ACC action Saturday night at Clemson. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.