Third-ranked Virginia comes back in second half to top No. 18 UAB

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“"TULSA, Okla. — Third-ranked Virginia rallied with a pair of second-half goals to down No. 18 UAB, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in its final game at the Hurricane Classic, held at the Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium. Reserves Kyle McCord and Sam Hayward each scored in the final 30 minutes as the Cavaliers (2-1) came back for the victory.

“We had a great response after giving up the first goal,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said.

“We had to grind this one out. I thought the goal against us actually did us some good. Once they scored, we really seemed to come to life.”

Virginia outshot the opposition, 12-4, in the game, including a 11-2 edge in the second half. UVa also took six corner kicks to three for UAB (1-2).

Just under 48 hours since a nine-save performance against Tulsa, Cavaliers goalkeeper Calle Brown only needed to make one save in the Sunday win. Blazers keeper Joe Kuzminsky saved six shots — all during the second half.

UAB scored the game’s first goal in the 56th minute when Mathieu Laurent slipped a pass through the UVa back line and connected with Alex Clay, who tapped a low shot that caromed off the left post and into the net.


GOAL! 75′ #UVa 2-1 UAB. Sam Hayward scores his first UVa goal off nice feed from Riggs Lennon. pic.twitter.com/djLJxJi9As

— UVa Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) September 7, 2014

The match was all Virginia from there as the Cavaliers dominated possession over the final 30 minutes. UVa knotted the score in the 62nd minute. Jake Rozhansky flipped a pass over the right back to find McCord, who drove into the box and then nestled a shot into the far corner of the net for his second career goal.

The Cavaliers forged ahead in the 75th minute when Riggs Lennon, near the goal line, sent a short pass into the box and found Hayward, who quickly sent the ball past Kuzminsky for the eventual winning score. The goal was the first at UVa for Hayward, who scored five goals last year while playing at Penn.

Virginia returns home Friday for the start of a four-game homestand as the Cavaliers take on Virginia Tech in the teams’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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