CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The Howard men's soccer team allowed one goal each half and managed just four shots in a 2-0 loss to #12 Virginia in a non-conference game Tuesday evening.
Will Bates' header gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Bates was assisted by Ross LaBeaux and Shawn Barry.
Tony Tchani made it 2-0 nine minutes into the second half with a shot from 18 yards out.
The Bison took two corner kicks against the nationally ranked Cavaliers and held their own against a traditionaly strong program.
"This is a step in the right direction," said Howard Head Coach Michael Lawrence. "This shows we can compete against strong programs. We had a few defensive errors, but the game could have gone either way."
Idriss Sesay took a pair of shots for HU and Claudy St. Louis added a shot on goal.
Howard will look to rebound on Saturday when it travels to Longwood for a conference matchup at 3 p.m.