Virginia Men's Soccer to Face William & Mary Tribe on Wednesday
Virginia Cavaliers (5-0-1, 2-0-0 ACC)vs.William & Mary Tribe (4-2-1, 0-0-0 CAA)September 26th, 20017:00 p.m.Kl?ckner StadiumCharlottesville, Va.
CURRENT RANKING: The University of Virginia men’s soccer team is ranked #2in the Soccer America Top 20 Poll and #4 in the NSCAA/adidas Poll. Virginiawas also picked to finish second in the ACC in the 2001 ACC Coaches Preseason Poll.
VIRGINIA SCORING LEADERS:
GOALSAlecko Eskandarian 5Ryan Gibbs 4Kyle Martino 2Kenny Arena 1
THE SERIES BETWEEN VIRGINIA & WILLIAM & MARY: Virginia leads the all-time serieswith William & Mary, 13-5-4 (.682). The Cavaliers have outscored the Tribe 37-23through 22 games. The two teams met for the first time on October 15, 1968 inWilliamsburg, Va., where William & Mary defeated Virginia 2-1. Since then, theCavaliers have gone on to win or tie 17 of the next 22 meetings with the Tribe.However, William & Mary has had much success recently against Virginia, with theTribe holding a 2-0-1 advantage in the last three meetings. W&M defeated UVa 3-2in overtime on September 27, 2000 in Virginia Beach in the last meeting betweenthe two schools and also defeated Virginia 1-0 in its last trip to Charlottesvilleon October 6, 1999. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie on November 3, 1998 inVirginia Beach.
UVA RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS OVER ACC OPPONENTS: With its 1-0 win overWake Forest (9/17) and 2-0 victory over North Carolina (9/22), Virginia recordedback-to-back shutouts over its opponents for the first time this season. The lasttime the Cavaliers posted consecutive shutouts over their opponents was onNovember 9th and November 10th in the 2000 ACC Tournament when Virginia defeatedN.C. State (1-0) and Duke (3-0), respectively.
CAVALIERS EARN FIRST ACC WIN & SHUTOUT OF 2001 SEASON: With its 1-0 shutoutvictory over Wake Forest on November 17th, Virginia recorded its first win inthe Atlantic Coast Conference and posted it first shutout victory of the 2001season. UVa also increased its all-time lead in the series history with Wake Forestto 22-2-4.
VIRGINIA CHANGES GAME DATE WITH MARYLAND: University of Virginia men’s soccerhead coach George Gelnovatch announced a change in the 2001Virginia men’s soccer schedule. The Cavaliers are now scheduled to play theMaryland Terrapins on Sunday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m. The contest wasoriginally scheduled for Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. The game will beplayed in College Park, Md. at Ludwig Field.
MARTINO NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Virginia’s Kyle Martino earned theAtlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honor (9/10) afterleading the Cavaliers to a 4-2 victory over American (9/7) and a3-2 win over Creighton (9/9) in the 2001 Maryland/Fila Classic. Martino,a junior midfielder, scored one goal and added four assists in two gamesin the tournament. In the Cavaliers match with American, Martino scored agoal and had two assists. Against #11 Creighton, he recorded the assist ontwo of the Cavaliers three goals. For his outstanding play, Martino was namedthe Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2001 Maryland/Fila Classic.
MARTINO NAMED TO SOCCER AMERICA’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: Virginia’s Kyle Martinowas named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week on September 10th after scoringone goal and recording fours assists for the week.
VIRGINIA CHANGES GAME DATE WITH UNC-GREENSBORO: University of Virginia men’ssoccer head coach George Gelnovatch announced a change in the 2001 Virginiamen’s soccer schedule. The Cavaliers are now scheduled to host the UNC-GreensboroSpartans on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. The contest was originallyscheduled for Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. The game will be playedat Kl?ckner Stadium.
VIRGINIA WINS 2001 MARYLAND/FILA CLASSIC: The Virginia Cavaliers finished 2-0and won the 2001 Maryland/Fila Classic. Virginia defeated the American Eaglesby the score of 4-2 in the first match of the tournament (9/7) before postinga 3-2 victory over Creighton in the third contest of the event (9/9). Creightonfinished in second place with a 1-1 record, followed by Maryland (1-1) in thirdplace and American (0-2) in fourth.
VIRGINIA’S MARTINO, ESKANDARIAN, GIBBS & LEONARD NAMED TO MARYLAND/FILAALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Virginia’s Kyle Martino, Alecko Eskandarian, Ryan Gibbsand Marshall Leonard were each named to the 2001 Maryland/Fila ClassicAll-Tournament team. Martino was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Playeron offense after posting four assists and a goal through two games. Eskandarianand Gibbs each scored two goals through two contests, and Leonard paced astrong defensive stand in UVa’s backfield.
VIRGINIA FINISHES SECOND IN 2001 VIRGINIA SOCCER CLASSIC: The Virginia Cavaliersfinished in second place in the 2001 Virginia Soccer Classic. UVa defeated theLiberty Flames 2-1 (8/31) before tying the #7 ranked UCLA Bruins 2-2 (9/2).The Maryland Terrapins won the tournament with a 2-0-0 record after post 2-1decisions over both UCLA and Liberty. UCLA finished 0-1-1 in third place,followed by Liberty (0-0-2) in fourth place.
VIRGINIA’S COLE, ESKANDARIAN & LEONARD NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: UVa’sJonathan Cole, Alecko Eskandarian and Marshall Leonard were named to the 2001Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament team. The trio helped guide Virginiato a second place finish and a record of 1-0-1 in the tournament. Cole andLeonard played outstanding defense for the Cavaliers, and Eskandarian scoreda goal in each game for Virginia.
HOME OPENERS: Virginia is 41-14-3 (.738) all-time in home openers dating backto the start of the 1941 season. However, over the past 33 years, Virginia hasbeen nearly unbeatable in home openers. The Cavaliers have posted a record of29-2-2 (.909) during that time span, including seven consecutive home-openingvictories. The last time Virginia was defeated in a home opener was onSeptember 3, 1994 when Boston University handed the Cavaliers a 3-2 defeat.Although UVa began that season with a loss, Virginia didn’t miss a beat therest of the season and closed out the year with their fifth National Championship.
ESKANDARIAN & MARTINO NAMED 2001 HERMANN TROPHY AWARD CANDIDATES: University ofVirginia men’s soccer players Alecko Eskandarian and Kyle Martino were two of13 player announced by the Hermann Foundation and TEAMtalk, Inc., as candidatesfor the 2001 Hermann Trophy Award – college soccer’s oldest and most prestigiousplayer of the year award. The Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent ofthe Heisman Trophy in college football, has been given annually since 1967 tothe nation’s best male college soccer player. The Hermann Trophy is named forRobert R. Hermann, the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the oldNorth American Soccer League and one of the ground-breaking league’s founders.
The other men’s candidates are: the University of Connecticut’s Chris Gbandi,Indiana’s Pat Noonan, SMU’s Mohamed Fahim and Carl Bussey, Penn State’sRicardo Villar, Saint Louis’ Brad Davis, Clemson’s Oguchi Onyewu, Stanford’sLee Morrison, Bradley’s Gavin Glinton, Furman’s John Barry Nusum, and UCLA’sAlex Yi.
The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches andselected media. In a twist added to the selection process this year, two spotson the final ballot will remain open until Oct. 1. At that time, a poll ofcoaches and media will be conducted to add the final two names to each of the15-player ballots before the final voting is conducted. This is to ensure thatany player having a stellar season will be eligible to win the prestigiousplayer of the year award.
Final ballots will be distributed to all Division I college coaches, tabulated,and three finalists will be announced on Dec. 1st. The winners of the 2001Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cup on Dec. 15th in Columbus, Ohio.
HOME SWEET HOME: Virginia has enjoyed much success playing in the friendlyconfines of Kl?ckner Stadium. One of the finest college soccer facilitiesin the country, Kl?ckner Stadium has been a very tough place for opponentsto record a win. Since its opening in 1992, UVa has posted an eye-openingrecord of 117-15-7 (.867) at Kl?ckner Stadium. The Cavaliers finished 12-2-1at home last season. Virginia is 20-4 (.833) in NCAA Tournament games heldat Kl?ckner Stadium during the past eight seasons, outscoring its opposition59-21 in those games.
‘HOOS RANKED IN THE PRESEASON POLLS?: Virginia entered the 2001 seasonranked #3 by Soccer America and #7 in the country according to the NationalSoccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 poll. The Cavalierswere also picked to finish second in the ACC by the conference’s coaches.
VIRGINIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The beginning of the 2001 season markedthe 17th consecutive year the Cavaliers hosted a soccer tournament. Virginiastands 26-4-4 (.838) all-time during that time span in tournament play in theCoca-Cola Classic (1985-1998) and the Virginia Soccer Classic (1999-2000).Here is a year-by-year look at UVa’s results:
1985 West Virginia W 3-0 (1-0-0) George Washington W 4-1 (2-0-0)1986 Richmond W 3-0 (3-0-0) Cornell W 2-0 (4-0-0)1987 Wake Forest W 3-0 (5-0-0) Adelphi W 1-0 (6-0-0)1988 Illinois State W 2-0 (7-0-0) William & Mary W 1-0 (8-0-0)1989 UNC-Charlotte W 2-0 (9-0-0) Charleston W 6-0 (10-0-0)1990 Army W 4-0 (11-0-0) South Carolina T 1-1 (11-0-1)1991 Creighton T 3-3 (11-0-2) Rutgers W 2-1 (12-0-2)1992 Penn State W 4-0 (13-0-2) Seton Hall W 4-1 (14-0-2)1993 Florida International W 3-1 (15-0-2) Connecticut W 5-1 (16-0-2)1994 Boston University L 2-3 (16-1-2) St. John's W 2-0 (17-1-2)1995 UNLV W 3-0 (18-1-2) Boston College W 3-2 (19-1-2)1996 Cal-State Fullerton T 2-2 (19-1-3) Saint Louis W 2-1 (20-1-3)1997 Akron W 5-1 (21-1-3) Florida International T 1-1 (21-1-4)1998 American L 1-2 (21-2-4) Adelphi W 3-0 (22-2-4)1999 Seton Hall W 4-3 (23-2-4) Gonzaga L 2-3 (23-3-4)2000 South Florida W 3-2 (24-3-4) Jacksonville W 7-1 (25-3-4)2001 Liberty W 2-1 (26-3-4) UCLA T 2-2 (26-4-4)
VIRGINIA GOES UNDEFEATED IN EXHIBITION GAMES: Virginia finished its five-gameEuropean exhibition tour with an undefeated record of 4-0-1. The Cavaliersplayed their five games in Holland and Germany. UVa’s only tie was a 1-1contest against 1860 Munich in Munich, Germany. Virginia began its exhibitiontour with two victories – a 4-2 victory over team G.V.V. in Eindhoven,Netherlands on Saturday, August 18th before handing Feyenoord a 2-0 lossin Feyenoord, Netherlands on Sunday, August 19th.
LAST TIME OUT: Here is a look at the box score from all of Virginia’s 2001 contests:
#2 Virginia 2, #13 North Carolina 0
September 22, 2001Charlottesville, Va. – Game 6
Scoring 1 2 FNorth Carolina 0 0 0Virginia 1 1 2
Goals: UVa 2 – Gibbs @ 43:18 (LeBlanc, Leonard), Gibbs @ 78:25 (Martino, Arena).Shots: UVa 11, UNC 6.Corner Kicks: UVa 7, UNC 4.Saves: UNC 4, UVa 3.Fouls: UVa 24, UNC 16.Cautions: UVa 3 – Arena, Comfort, Hartman. UNC 1- Stokes.Attendance: 3,193.
#2 Virginia 1, Wake Forest 0
September 17, 2001Charlottesville, Va. – Game 5
Scoring 1 2 FWake Forest 0 0 0Virginia 1 0 1
Goals: UVa 1 – Eskandarian @ 34:25 (Martino, Cole). WFU 0.Shots: UVa 16, WFU 9.Corner Kicks: UVa 6, WFU 4.Saves: WFU 8, UVa 2.Fouls: WFU 23, UVa 19.Cautions: UVa 1 – Leonard, WFU 0.Attendance: 1,203.
#3 Virginia 3, #11 Creighton 2
September 9, 2001College Park, Md. – Game 4
Scoring 1 2 FCreighton 1 1 2Virginia 1 2 3
Goals: UVa 3 – Creighton own goal @ 5:05, Gibbs (2) @ 53:46 (Martino),Gibbs @ 55:41 (Martino). CU 2 – Del Monte @ 34:30 (Wagenfuher),Tranchilla @ 67:52 (penalty kick).Shots: UVa 13, CU 6.Corner Kicks: CU 7, UVa 2.Saves: UVa 3, CU 2. Fouls: UVa 39, CU 20.Cautions: UVa 3 – Arena, Leonard, Gelnovatch (coach). CU 1 – Sawarynski.Attendance: 333.
#3 Virginia 4, American 2
September 7, 2001College Park, Md. – Game 3
Scoring 1 2 FAmerican 1 1 2Virginia 2 2 4
Goals: UVa 4 – Eskandarian @ 22:29 (Martino), AU own goal @ 23:57,Eskandarian @ 68:25 (Martino, Leonard), Martino @ 70:58 (penalty kick).AU 2 – Bertsch @ 35:08 (penalty kick), Espinal @ 45:44 (Bertsch).Shots: UVa 10, AU 8.Corner Kicks: UVa 4, AU 1.Saves: AU 5, UVa 2.Fouls: AU 23, UVa 20.Cautions: AU 2 – Kinney, Brennan. UVa 1 – Martino.Attendance: 533.
#3 Virginia 2, #7 UCLA 2
September 2, 2001Charlottesville, Va. – Game 2
Scoring 1 2 1OT 2OT FinalUCLA 1 1 0 0 2Virginia 1 1 0 0 2
Goals: UVa 2 – Martino @ 25:50, Eskandarian @ 70:52.UCLA 2 – Thompson @ 41:03 (Futagaki), Pierce @ 55:25.Shots: UVa 23, UCLA 12.Corner Kicks: UVa 8, UCLA 8.Saves: UCLA 10, UVa 5.Fouls: UCLA 30, UVa 23.Cautions: UVa 2 – Totten, LeBlanc. UCLA 2 – Futagaki, Griffin.Attendance: 2,592.
#3 Virginia 2, Liberty 1
August 31, 2001Charlottesville, Va. – Game 1
Scoring 1 2 FinalLiberty 1 0 1Virginia 0 2 2
Goals: UVa 2 – Eskandarian @ 47:25 (Arena, Totten), Arena @ 86:43 (Leonard).LU 1 – Monka @ 16:30 (Streets, Cancura).Shots: UVa 28, LU 5.Corner Kicks: UVa 15, LU 1.Saves: LU 9, UVa 2.Fouls: UVa 16, LU 15.Cautions: LU 1 – Cancura, UVa 0. Attendance: 1,871.