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UVA Soccer Strikes Again

Will BatesIf there's one thing that really gets me goin, it's crushing our in-state rivals in Blacksburg. I don't care if it's football, basketball, or bowling, any time we chalk up a W, it's oh-so-satisfying. And yesterday evening, our men's soccer team took care of business, ousting the Hokies 3-1 on road.

Both teams entered the contest 1-3 in the ACC and desperately in need of some sort of spark. The No. 11 Cavaliers have certainly been riding the roller coaster of emotions, after having shocked then-No. 2 Wake Forest on the Deacons' own field, but later tying lowly Liberty.

"It’s never easy winning on the road but it’s really tough winning on the road in the ACC against your archrival," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "To come back from down a goal on the road shows a lot of character."

Virginia Tech went up early in the game at the 12th minute mark, but would prove to be incapable at keeping up with UVA's firing power, as Virginia outshot the Hokies 11-9, with a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Will Bates is the man of the hour, having scored twice, once at the 57th minute and again at the 82nd. This loss marks Tech's fifth straight loss; third in conference play.

UVA is scheduled to play again on Tuesday, October 20 in Klockner Stadium against Howard at 7:00 p.m.