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Virginia Men's Soccer Winning Despite Offensive Struggles

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Despite scoring just 2 goals in their two matchups this past weekend, the Hoos won both of them. On the season, the Hoos are 4-1, but have scored just 5 goals. Of course, they've given up just 2 goal. And that's pretty good. Next up is defending champion Notre Dame on Saturday at noon at Klockner Stadium. The game is televised on ESPNU.

Scott Thomsen (in black) had a goal and an assist this weekend.
Scott Thomsen (in black) had a goal and an assist this weekend.
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The Hoos successfully handled a tough weekend, winning two home games 1-0. On Friday night, the Hoos took care of the Hokies on Scott Thomsen’s 74th minute goal, and then on Monday evening, they got a 76th minute goal from Sam Hayward.

On the season, the Hoos have now scored 5 goals in 5 games. And they’ve given up just 1 goal. Obviously, the defensive effort has been wonderful. But the lack of offensive output is scary. At some point, the Hoos are going to have to score some goals.

Against the Hokies, the Hoos dominated possession, but could not generate scoring opportunities. Against the Rams, the Hoos were the dominant team early, creating several chances and half-chances, but not being able to put the ball away. After ceding control of the match for a while, they took over late and scored their lone goal.

The VCU win, in particular, looks very good. VCU was coming off a road win over then #6 (and current #13) Georgetown. VCU is not in the polls, but is in the "also receiving votes" section.

The Hoos season continues this weekend as they face #5 in the country and defending national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish at noon on Saturday. This game will be televised on ESPNU.

Notre Dame has scored 7 goals in 5 games, which isn’t all that much better than the Hoos. Sounds like it might be a defensive game.