New Zealand international Joe Bell scored the golden goal on a rebound of his own penalty kick to give No. 1 Virginia a 3-2 win over eighth-seeded SMU on Friday night.
who had put the Cavaliers up 2-1 in the 78th minute on a penalty kick, then missed for the first time in six trips to the penalty spot in 2019. Both penalties were called after sophomore Daryl
Dike drew fouls inside the box.
Virginia led 1-0, taking the lead on Axel Gunnarsson's goal, and 2-1, but SMU came back both times on goals by Gabriel Costa and
“That was just a good soccer game,” head coach George Gelnovatch said. “I have a lot of respect for them [SMU]. There were a lot of goals
in the game, a lot of momentum swings, some good football and some good players out there. I thought that was a pretty good representation.”
Next up: The Cavaliers will play the winner of Wake Forest and UCSB, scheduled for Saturday night in Winston-Salem, in the College Cup semifinals on Dec. 13 in Cary, North
Dec. 6 in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia 3 SMU 2. Goals: Gunnarsson (Dike, Donasiyano) 18, Bell pen. 78,
Bell 95; Costa pen. 71, Bredeli (Ahlander, Costa) 84. Virginia -- Shutler, Kessler, Ueland, Afamefuna, Bell, Donasiyano, Dike, Crofts, Halsey, Gunnarsson, Steedman. Sub: Patton. SMU -- Makela, Ponder, Terwege, Munjoma, Bredeli, Hilt, Hernandez, Ahlander, Costa, Warrington, McLaughlin. Subs: Hillyard, Smith-Hastie, Taylor. Att.: 1,674.