Men’s Soccer: No. 18 Hoos blank Hokies in Commonwealth Clash, 3-0

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On the back of Virginia freshman Stephen Annor’s second brace of the season, the No. 18 Virginia men’s soccer team rolled to an impressive road victory against Virginia Tech by a score of 3-0 to secure its first win away from home in 2023 on Friday night at Thompson Field in Blacksburg.

3’ Virginia — Annor

22’ Virginia — Mangarov
59’ Virginia — Annor


Stephen Annor wasted no time scoring the opening goal. With just two minutes played, Annor took the ball off the feet of the Virginia Tech center back and with one touch chipped his attempt over the goalkeeper to give Virginia (8-3-3, 3-2-1 ACC) a 1-0 advantage.

In the 23rd minute of play, Uberto Pelà was brought down on the edge of the penalty area winning a free kick for the Cavaliers. Danny Mangarov went straight for goal from the free kick firing it straight through the wall and into the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage over the Hokies (4-7-4, 2-5-1).

Annor made it a brace in the 59th minute with a clever flick past the deepest defender to put himself through on goal. With a calm finish he put the finishing touch on an emphatic 3-0 win for the Cavaliers.


“We got off to a really good start. What an incredible goal Stephen scored. It was an enthusiastic start that allowed us to score and getting that early goal really helped and getting that second goal before halftime really helped as well…The focus moving forward is on Tuesday. We have some momentum now and we are playing well with our last two games at home. I couldn’t ask for more.”


  • Annor scored his ninth goal of the season and his fourth game-winner
  • Annor scored within the first five minutes of the game for the second time this season—his goal marked the quickest UVA has scored this season
  • Annor’s pair of goals marks his second brace of the season after scoring twice in a 3-1 win over NC State (9/16)
  • Annor has scored in five of his last six games
  • Joey Batrouni kept his third clean sheet as a Cavalier while making four saves
  • In his last six starts, Batrouni has conceded just three goals while keeping three clean sheets


  • Virginia improves to 8-3-3 and extends its unbeaten run to six games
  • The win marks the second consecutive victory over Virginia Tech
  • Virginia wins its second straight over an ACC opponent
  • The win marks the first road victory of the season
  • Virginia logged its first 3-0 road victory over Virginia Tech since 1998


The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash, originally called the Commonwealth Challenge (2005-2007), has been a part of the UVA-Virginia Tech rivalry since 2014. It is an all-sports, points-based program with the Commonwealth Clash trophy presented to the winning school each year for its dominance in head-to-head competitions. With the win, Virginia increases its lead in the competition to 2-0.


Virginia will close out the regular season with a two-game homestand. The Cavaliers will host High Point on Tuesday before closing out the regular season with No. 11 North Carolina on Friday.