Virginia tops North Carolina; Will Vitalis back for Louisville


A pair of ACC foes renewed their rivalry in a spring friendly over the weekend as North Carolina suffered their first spring defeat and Virginia got a bit of revenge in a 1-0 win in Richmond on Saturday. Nicko Corriveau scored the winner off a Riggs Lennon assist in the second half of the game, one of the highlight match-ups in the week of spring college soccer.

Will Vitalis scored his second and third goals of the spring to lead Louisville to a 2-1 victory over Lindsey Wilson in the Cardinals’ last game at Cardinal Park before they open their sparkling new stadium this fall. After sitting out the fall season, Vitalis is expected to be a key player this fall in a Cardinal attack that lost sophomore Marlon Hairston and second leading goal scorer Jimmy Ockford.

Brendan Lesch marked his return to Notre Dame after being injured for the fall season with a brace and an assist on a Leon Brown goal in a 3-0 win over Evansville in game one of a double-header. The Irish won the second game 2-0 behind goals from Connor Klekota and Evan Panken.

For some reason, 2-2 has been the preferred final score for college teams that have played North  American Soccer League competition this spring. It happened twice more in the past week with NC State drawing 2-2 to the Carolina Railhawks and Syracuse’s game with NASL newcomer Ottawa Fury FC ending in a 2-2 final on Saturday. Standout freshman Emil Ekblom scored a first half brace in that game for the Orange.

South Carolina and Atlanta Silverbacks bucked the trend with a 0-0 draw on Sunday while New Mexico opened their spring season with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids Reserves in Denver.


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