No. 6 men’s soccer beats Radford 2-1

Okoro with assist and game-winning goal

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Senior winger Simeon Okoro assisted the Cavaliers’ first goal and scored the second to win the game for Virginia against Radford Tuesday night.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The No. 6 Virginia men’s soccer team beat Radford 2-1 at home Tuesday night.

Senior winger Simeon Okoro assisted the Cavaliers’ (9-1-2, 3-1-1 ACC) first goal and scored the second to win the game for Virginia. 

In the 59th minute, Okoro dribbled down the right hand side and put a ground cross in to freshman forward Daryl Dike, who slotted it past Radford (5-7, 3-2 Big South) freshman goalkeeper Sam Farrell. Dike, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, has scored four times in his last three games.

Just over four minutes later, Radford senior midfielder Gonzalo Rodriguez scored an unassisted goal to tie the match. Rodriguez’s goal was only the second one conceded in the second half by the Cavaliers all season. Virginia had entered yesterday’s match with a goals against average of 0.44, the second-lowest in the nation.

Okoro took the lead back for the Cavaliers in the 64th minute. Sophomore winger Nathaniel Crofts had a shot saved by Farrell, but Okoro scored on the ensuing rebound. Crofts earned his team-leading sixth assist for his efforts, his fifth in the last three games.

Virginia outshot Radford 12-8, with 8 shots on goal to the Highlanders’ 4. Virginia sophomore keeper Colin Shutler only had to make three saves.

The Cavaliers next play on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at home against Wake Forest, the nation’s top-ranked team. Prior to the match, the Cavaliers will honor their five senior players.

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