Long Island Rough Riders forward Nathaniel Crofts scored two goals to lift the University of Virginia past Furman University 2-0 in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 18 at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
The 10th-seeded Cavaliers play No. 7 University of Notre Dame, penalty kick winners against the University of Michigan, in the third round on Nov. 25. Kickoff is 5 p.m. from South Bend, Ind.
With the match against Furman scoreless, Crofts put UVA ahead 1-0 off a nice feed from Daryl Dike in the 78th minute. The sophomore forward doubled his tally and the Cavaliers’ advantage in the 85th after a pass from Kennedy Nwabia.
“It was a big relief to see that first goal go in,” UVA head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We talked about not getting too frustrated in that regard but you could see it was a big sigh of relief for the whole team.”
Crofts is the first multi-goal scorer in the NCAA Tournament for the Cavaliers since Will Bates’ hat trick in 2009. Crofts leads UVA with 14 points (four goals, six assists) this campaign after his brace.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hoos are moving on, Nathaniel Crofts scores twice in a 2-0 win over Furman! The UVA defense records its ninth shutout of the year!
— Virginia Men's Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) November 18, 2018
Rough Riders teammate Robin Afamefuna also started and played all 90 minutes in the victory.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s College Cup will be played at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. The semifinals are Dec. 7 and the championship is Dec. 9.
Photo courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations
BY: Michael LoRé