Nov. 18, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Thirteenth-seeded California fell to fourth-seeded Virginia, 2-1, in the third round of the NCAA College Cup on a cold night at Klockner Stadium. The Golden Bears ended their season with a 13-6-1 record, while the Cavaliers improved to 16-3-1 and move on to face Notre Dame in the quarterfinal round.
After Cal held a 1-0 lead at halftime, Virginia completed a second-half comeback with two goals by Virginia forward Yannick Reyering.
"We fought hard to the very end but just couldn't slip one in," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said.
In the 74th minute, a Virginia corner kick resulted in a header by Bakary Soumare that cleared the crossbar. Reyering intercepted Cal goalkeeper Justin Myers' resulting goalkick, dribbled into the Cal box around an onrushing Myers and scored with a 12-yard shot from a difficult angle for the winning goal.
"I was trying to get the attack going," Myers said of his goalkick. "Hat's off to Virginia."
Cal had a few chances to tie, as the game cooled to 39 degrees late. With 2:48 left in the game, junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson shot just over the crossbar from 25 yards and with 33.6 seconds left Jacobson had a close shot saved by UVa goalie Ryan Burke.
Virginia had tied the game at 1-1 in the 65th minute. Myers punched a UVa cross out to Cavaliers midfielder Nico Colaluca, who passed the ball to Reyering. The German sophomore slotted the ball past Myers from four yards for his team-leading 10th goal of the year.
Virginia created several dangerous chances in the first half, when the Cavaliers outshot the Bears, 10-8. In the 12th minute, midfielder Jonathan Villanueva stole the ball in midfield and dribble towards the Cal penalty area, before passing to Reyering at the top of the box. Reyering fired a rocket that went just wide of the far post.
Junior defender Jeff Serafini put Cal ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute with his first goal of the season. Before the goal, Virginia midfielder Zola Short fouled senior midfielder Nick Hatzke, earning a yellow card and setting up a free kick for the Bears in the process. Cal senior defender Steve Purdy bent the 20-yard free kick around the Cavaliers' wall. Burke punched the ball outside the box but right to Serafini, who scored from 22 yards out. The goal was just the third of Serafini's career; the defender scored two last season.
"We had a good feeling coming into the game and had a one-goal lead at the half," Grimes said. "We knew we had to battle for 45 minutes in the second half to get the victory. Virginia did a good job of getting back in the game and ultimately winning it."
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 F California 1 0 1 Virginia 0 2 2
Cal - Jeff Serafini 29:06
Virginia - Yannick Reyering (Nico Colaluca) 64:35
Virginia - Yannick Reyering 73:43
Shots by Period 1 2 Total California 8 6 14 Virginia 10 9 19
Saves by Period 1 2 Total California 4 2 6 Virginia 3 2 5
Records: California 13-6-1. Virginia 16-3-1.