Men’s Soccer: Close But No Cigar – Radford Loses to UVA

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By: Lilly Demastus | ldemastus@radford.edu

Radford University men’s soccer played the number five ranked team the Virginia Cavaliers, in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Radford men’s soccer kept the Cavaliers at one goal but were not able to make any themselves, losing 1-0.

The only goal that was scored in the game came within the first five minutes of play. The goal was a close-range shot fired on UVA freshman, Daniel Steedman.

The Highlanders made nine shots this game and four shots on the goal. Radford made several attempts to score with a long-range shot from Junior Pape Oumar Gueye but was blocked by the Virginia goalkeeper.

Pape Oumar Gueye played the cavaliers this game | Men's Soccer
Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics) Junior Midfielder Pape Oumar Gueye

Steedman played the goalie position well through the second half. He was able to block the rest of the shots that Virginia dished out.

There were quite a few fouls in the match between the Highlanders and the Cavaliers. Radford had 13 fouls, and Virginia had 12.

In an interview with Coach Bryheem Hancock, he was able to tell the Tartan about the close game.

When asked how the experience of playing the number five ranked team, he said, “It was exciting for the guys. It was a good environment. Anytime you go there they have a good crowd.”

Coach Hancock also mentioned that anytime you can get nonconference matches against a quality opponent, it helps prepare for conference play.

It was exciting for the guys. It was a good environment. Anytime you go there they have a good crowd.

He commented that his team “did a lot of good things” and “Overall performance was good from the group.”

Coach ended the interview by saying that giving up a goal in the first five minutes makes it tough, but the guys showed good resilience and let the goal go.

The Highlanders will travel to Buies Creek, NC to play conference foe Campbell Saturday, Sept 28.

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Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics)

Featured Image: (Senior Midfielder Wyatt Erzen)