Virginia dominates JMU in road opener

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Sophomore forward Edward Opoku opened scoring Tuesday at James Madison en route to a 3-0 Cavalier victory. The Rye, NJ native leads Virginia in scoring with two goals through the first three matches. 

Hannah Mussi | Cavalier Daily

The No. 12 Virginia men’s soccer team (2-0-1, 0-0 ACC) started off their mini two-game road trip with a bang, beating James Madison (0-4, 0-0 CAA) handily in their road opener with a 3-1 victory. The Cavaliers’ strong performance allowed them to maintain their undefeated record through three games, with Virginia collecting two wins and a tie thus far in the season.

Three different Cavalier players scored, including sophomore forward Edward Opoku, who now leads Virginia in goals scored this season. In addition to scoring a goal, Opoku also collected an assist. Sophomore defender Sergi Nus and redshirt junior midfielder Pablo Aguilar also chipped in one goal apiece.

Nus scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Aguilar scored off of an assist from Opoku in the second half. Both goals marked each player’s first goal of the season. Junior goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell was terrific once again, backing up his dominant six-save performance against Xavier (1-1-2, 0-0 Big East), with five saves against the Dukes.

The Cavaliers’ dominant performance almost led to a shutout, but James Madison was able to get on the board with a penalty kick with one minute left in the game. Virginia will now head to Winston-Salem to begin conference play and take on ACC Rival Wake Forest. The match will take place at Spry Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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