George Gelnovatch scored twice on assists from Brant Vitek as Virginia, ranked first and second in the two national college soccer polls, defeated Maryland, 2-0, yesterday in College Park.
The Cavaliers (7-0, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) have outscored their opponents, 23-1. The Terrapins, who were 7-10-1 last year, are 4-2, 0-1 under their new coach, Alden Shattuck.
Virginia took only 10 shots on goal all game. "We did well to finish the two opportunities we had," said Cavaliers' Coach Bruce Arena.
The early chances belonged to the Terrapins, the best occurring when Desmond Armstrong nearly converted a cross from Khuluma Zulu. Virginia continually had to play the ball back to its goalie, Keith Lenert.
Doug Davies, one of the Cavaliers' three players from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda (along with Jeff Gaffney and Mike Schnabel), took Virginia's first shot about 14 minutes into the game.
With Maryland drawn up, the Cavaliers got a scoring chance when Lenert, a graduate of Annandale High School, cleared the ball with a kick. Vitek, also a graduate of Annandale, played the ball quickly through the middle third of the field and sent a pass ahead to Gelnovatch. Gelnovatch beat freshman keeper Dom Macina at 31:11, for a 1-0 lead.
It was the second goal the Terrapins have given up this season. "You have to defend well to be in a position to win," said Shattuck. "We don't pride ourselves on our defense any more than any other good team."
Virginia got its second goal on another breakaway at 50:45. Gelnovatch took a pass from Vitek and without playing the ball to the ground, popped it over Macina's head.