Playing a stingy defense for the game’s first 82 minutes, the Rams were finally able to push the ball down the field for one good look.
An unheralded soccer program from the Bronx came to Charlottesville with one NCAA Tournament win in its history, and it came on Thursday.
The Cavaliers hadn’t lost in their first NCAA Tournament game since 2011.
And despite controlling possession the entire way through, they fell victim a Fordham program that made the most of the opportunities when UVa could not.
The Cavaliers were playing their first match since a heartbreaking penalty kicks loss to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament Championship game.
When Edward Opoku hit Aguilar with a pass midway through the first half, he was met with four Fordham defenders.
One of the few times that Fordham did have the ball on its side of the field, Andron Kagramanyan was called for a foul then punted the ball against the wall in frustration and shouted.
Opoku then had the best look of the game, heading a ball just feet from the goal off a pass by Colin Shutler.
“It’s happened, it’s happened in this season, too,” said Virginia senior defender Sheldon Sullivan of playing this type of game.
They would have a free kick with four and a half minutes to play.