Men’s Soccer: Phil Horton had two goals and an assist in UVA’s 3-0 win over #10 Pitt

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Buoyed by a five-point performance from veteran forward Phil Horton, UVA knocked off No. 10 seed 3-1 at Ambrose Urbanic Field to record its second straight win over top-10 opponents on Friday night.

The Hoos (7-3-0, 3-1 ACC) came out swinging in the first minute of the game. Asparukh Slavov took a shot towards goal that bounced around the box, taking a few deflections before falling to Phil Horton, who scored with just 59 seconds left.

As Pitt Pitt (5-3-1, 2-2 ACC) began to grow into the game, a midfield battle ensued as both teams struggled to dictate play. Just under half an hour into the game, Pitt scored the equalizer when Noel Valentine curled one into the bottom corner. Although the Cavaliers were awarded a penalty late in the first half, the teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.

After fighting Pitt’s early pressure in the early stages of the second half, Virginia began a counterattack in the 61st minute. Daniel Mangarow played in the final third with Phil Horton making a superb pass to Leo Afonso from the penalty spot. A smart move allowed Reece Miller to score his first career goal and he didn’t waste his chance to put the Cavaliers up 2-1.

In the 73rd minute of the game, captain Leo Afonso quelled the pressure that forced Pitt to make a poor back pass. With impressive speed, it was Phil Horton who found the ball and fired home to seal a 3-1 victory for Virginia.

“The last two results for this team are against some of the best competition right now,” UVA coach George Gelnowatch said. “I’m very proud of our guys and how they continue to fight. It’s been a work in progress all season and we’re just looking to keep getting better with each game.”

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