Virginia Men’s Soccer Quick Take: George Gelnovatch, Leo Afonso On Win Against Hokies

Virginia celebrates its comeback win against Virginia Tech. ~ Photo By Emmy Franklin/ and Emmy Franklin Photography

The Virginia men’s soccer team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash on Friday. The Hoos trailed 1-0 for the majority of the night despite controlling play, but erupted with a 15-minute barrage of goals to rally for the 4-2 victory.

Andreas Ueland, Kome Ubogu, Phil Horton, and Leo Afonso were responsible for UVA’s points in the win over the Hokies. All of the production came after the 70th minute. Afonso proved great leadership with an assist to put the first goal on the board for Virginia and he closed the game with a goal for himself. On the scoring play that first tied the game at 1-1, Afonso took a soft touch on the right side, quickly changed direction, and then sent a centering pass to Ueland for the captain-to-captain connection. Ubogo followed five minutes later with a diving header that gave the Hoos the lead. Horton and Afonso wrapped it up with back-to-back goals in the 83rd and 84th minutes.

The Sabre caught up with coach George Gelnovatch and Afonso for their takes on the big win. Quick Take: Virginia Coach George Gelnovatch

Maddie: Coming off the loss from Maryland, what did you do to prepare your team for this game?