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Nov. 10, 2010
Virginia junior Hunter Jumper scored the only goal of the second ACC Men's Soccer quarterfinal Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., advancing the sixth-seeded Cavaliers to the semifinal round Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
"It is great to be back (in Cary) and the weather is fantastic," said Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch. "We were obviously very, very happy and pleased with the result. I think anytime you get a win in this conference regardless of where it comes from, it means a lot. I think Wake Forest is a very, very good team. They're a very young team. (Wake Forest head coach Jay) Vidovich is a great coach in a great program and I know that moving forward that team will be very good."
In the opening frame, the majority of the action went on at midfield. Both Virginia and Wake Forest were only able to attempt one shot in the first frame, and neither team earned a shot on goal. Hunter Jumper took the lone shot for the Cavaliers, while Anthony Arena did so for the Demon Deacons.
Virginia, however, won the corner kick battle, attempting three to the Wake Forest's one in the first 45 minutes of play.
After a dry first half offensively, Virginia came out quickly in the second frame, scoring its first goal of the match in the 48th minute of play. Jumper took a pass from Ari Dimas, then struck the ball into the left side of the net from 30 yards out, giving the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead. The score was Jumper's first of the season in 15 attempts, as well as Dimas' fourth assist of 2010.
The Cavaliers narrowly missed scoring a second goal in the match in the last few minutes of play. Then, freshman Brian Span struck the ball at the top of the box, which sailed just above the crossbar.
In the second half, Wake Forest had five shots, including one on goal. However, despite the increase in scoring opportunities, the squad failed to convert. Luca Gimenez led the Demon Deacons offensively, earning two shots, including the squad's lone attempt on goal.
"Obviously, we're tremendously disappointed," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "It means not only the termination of the ACC Tournament, but also our hopes of playing afterwords. So, that's a difficult thing to handle. I'm proud of the guys fighting through the very end, the progress throughout the year, but we certainly have a lot to work for next year."
Virginia dominates a 11-0-3 record against Wake Forest in the annual ACC Men's Soccer Championship. The Cavs advance in the ACC Men's Soccer Championship to the semifinal round, where the squad will battle Maryland Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:30.