Men’s soccer draws with Maryland 0-0

Game marks first college soccer game ever played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Men's Soccer

Sophomore goalkeeper Colin Shutler held Maryland scoreless Monday night.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The No. 10 Virginia men’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Maryland in the first college soccer game ever played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.

Audi Field, which opened in July, is home to D.C. United of Major League Soccer. 

"Playing in a venue like this was great for both programs," Virginia Coach George Gelnovatch said. "I think it's easier to have the mentality to not concede this time of year, especially when the offense isn't clicking and we've only been together for a few weeks.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Colin Shutler made seven saves for Virginia (1-0-1) in his second collegiate start, the most by any Cavalier goalkeeper since 2016. Virginia was outshot by Maryland (0-1-2) 15-11, with the Cavaliers only putting one of those 11 shots on goal. Virginia has yet to concede a goal this season, while Maryland has failed to score one in their first three matches.

The Cavaliers started the same 11 players who started against New Hampshire in the season opener, but freshman forward Daniel Steedman made his collegiate debut against Maryland as the first player off the bench. He replaced fellow freshman Cabrel Happi Kamseu, as Virginia still seeks a consistent striker after the departure of Edward Opoku. Steedman played 82 minutes, including overtime, and registered two shots.

Sophomore right wingback Irakoze Donasiyano led the Cavaliers in shots with three, despite only playing 99 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Joe Bell, who scored the game-winning goal against New Hampshire, played the entire match, taking two shots. Virginia’s only shot on goal came from sophomore winger Spencer Patton late in the first half.

Virginia next plays on Friday night at home against No. 21 Virginia Tech (3-0-1) in the first Commonwealth Clash event of the year. The match will start at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.

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