Greg Marchand cut the deficit to 3-2 with a goal late in the first half, but that turned out to be the final goal of the night as Virginia held on for the win over Wright State in men's soccer action Tuesday night in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead at the 6:01 mark of the first half on an own goal before the Cavaliers answered with three goals to go up 3-1 with just under five minutes to play in the period.
Marchand then made it 3-2 as he converted a header off a free kick by Derek Zuniga with only 1:02 remaining in the first half. It was the first goal of the season for Marchand and the team-leading fifth assist for Zuniga.
After a strong offensive first half, however, neither team would score in the final 45 minutes as WSU goalkeeper Jacob Bye recorded three saves.
"Virginia is a strong team (currently #13 in the latest RPI rankings) out of the best conference in the country," said Wright State head coach Bryan Davis. "I felt we did really well to compete and take a step towards our goals in terms of our level of play. We don't believe in moral victories so we will now work to follow up with a great performance at Ohio State on Friday."
Virginia finished with a 17-12 shot advantage and corner kicks were even at five each.
Wright State (3-9-1) faces another tough road test on Friday, traveling to Ohio State for a 7:30 match.