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Sept. 30, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team will return to home action on Wednesday, October 2nd when the Cavaliers host the Marshall Thundering Herd in a non-conference match scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM in Kl?ckner Stadium. Virginia stands 3-0-0 all-time against Marshall in men’s soccer. The Cavaliers defeated the Thundering Herd by the score of 3-0 on October 20th, 1999 in Charlottesville, Va. in the last meeting between the two teams. Virginia has outscored Marshall 10-1 over the three-game series. The Cavaliers also defeated the Thundering Herd by the count of 4-0 on September 23rd, 1998 and by the score of 3-1 on October 16th, 1996. All three contests have been played at Kl?ckner Stadium.

However, Marshall has had success playing in Charlottesville. In 1998, the Thundering Herd won UVa’s Coca-Cola Classic Tournament after defeating Adelphi 1-0 (10/9/98) and American 2-1 (10/11/98) in a pair of overtime contests. Marshall’s Tommy Greenawalt was named the tournament’s MVP. The Thundering Herd finished in first place in the event after posting a 2-0-0 record.

Virginia (4-4-0, 1-2-0 ACC) stands 3-0-0 at home this season after recording a 4-0 victory over N.C. State (9/28) before defeating #25 Kentucky 3-2 on August 30th and Rhode Island 2-1 on September 1st in the 2002 Virginia Soccer Classic. With its win over NCSU, UVa ended a four-game losing streak and recorded its first shutout of the year and its first ACC win of the season. It was Virginia’s first shutout since posting a 1-0 overtime victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament back on November 16, 2001 and broke the Cavaliers’ longest losing streak since the 1980 season.

Marshall (4-4-0, 1-0-0 MAC) enters its match with Virginia having lost two of its last three matches. The Thundering Herd is 2-1-0 on the road this season after dropping their season-opener at UNLV by the score of 3-2 (8/30) before posting a 3-0 win at High Point (9/6) and a 2-0 win at Western Michigan (9/29) in their last outing.

Virginia will play nine of its remaining ten regular season games at home. UVa’s game with Marshall on Wednesday is the second contest of a current three-game homestand for the Cavaliers. Virginia’s lone remaining road contest is an October 13th match at Clemson.

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