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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team scored a pair of second-half goals in earning a 2-0 win over Rider Thursday evening in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia (10-4-3) advances to play No. 10 seed Maryland at 5 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22) in the round of 32 in College Park, Md. The match will be broadcast online via BTN Plus.
Virginia controlled the possession through the majority of the match, racking up an 18-10 edge in shots, including 9-5 on goal. Both teams earned six corners. UVA goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell (So., Todd, N.C.) saved all five of Rider's shots on goal as he picked up his seventh clean sheet of 2015. Rider goalkeeper Ryan Baird recorded six saves.
Making its 37th NCAA tournament appearance, including its NCAA-record 35th straight, Virginia improved to 61-29-5 all-time in NCAA tournament play, including a 46-18-2 mark in Charlottesville. In its third NCAA outing, Rider finished the season with a 14-6-1 mark.
UVA and Maryland now will renew their longtime rivalry. The former ACC foes have not played since the 2013 NCAA College Cup in Chester, Pa., when the Terps knocked the Cavaliers out in the semifinals, 2-1.