#9 Virginia Men's Soccer Prepares For #12 Maryland This Friday On Senior Night
Nov. 3, 2004
`HOOS UP NEXT?: The #9 ranked Virginia Cavaliers (14-3-0, 4-2-0 ACC) will face the #12 ranked Maryland Terrapins (12-4-1, 3-2-1 ACC) in a key Atlantic Coast Conference match at Klockner Stadium on Friday, November 5th at 7:00 PM. The match is UVa’s final regular season game of the season.
THE SERIES WITH MARYLAND: Virginia trails Maryland in the all-time series history in men’s soccer 24-31-7. The series began back in 1941 when Maryland defeated Virginia 12-0 on October 8, 1941 in College Park, Md. However, Virginia has won the last three matches against Maryland at home and the Terrapins have not defeated the Cavaliers in Charlottesville since November 17, 1996 when Maryland defeated Virginia 2-0 in the 1996 ACC Tournament.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia tied Maryland 1-1 and advanced past the Terrapins on penalty kicks to claim the 2003 ACC Championship on November 16, 2003 in Cary, N.C. at SAS Stadium.
VIRGINIA’S SEASON-HIGH WINNING STREAK ENDS AT NINE GAMES: With its 2-1 loss against Virginia Tech on October 30th in Blacksburg, UVa’s nine-game winning streak came to an end. Prior to Virginia’s loss to Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers’ last loss came on September 26th when UVa fell to North Carolina by the score of 2-1 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
CAVALIERS FALL TO HOKIES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1966: Follow its 2-1 loss to Virginia Tech, Virginia lost to the Hokies for the first time since October 4, 1966 when VT defeated UVa 1-0. Since 1966, the Cavaliers won 27 consecutive games over Hokies before their loss on October 30, 2004.
VIRGINIA HAS ACC’S TOP SEED IN SIGHT: With one ACC match remaining on its regular season schedule, Virginia finds itself with a shot at the #1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament (November 10-14). UVa stands 4-2-0 and trails only Wake Forest (5-1-0) in the conference standings with one match to go. Virginia needs a victory over Maryland couple by a Wake Forest loss to Duke to get the top seed in the tournament. If that were to happen, UVa would tie WFU in the standings and Virginia would edge Wake Forest because the Cavaliers defeated the Demon Deacons in their head-to-head match-up. Here’s a look at the current ACC standings:
Rank School Record Next ACC Match1. Wake Forest 5-1-0 @ Duke2. Virginia 4-2-0 vs. Maryland3. Maryland 3-2-1 @ Virginia4. Duke 3-3-0 vs. Wake Forest5. North Carolina 3-3-0 @ Clemson6. Clemson 2-4-0 vs. North Carolina7. Virginia Tech 2-4-0 @ N.C. State8. N.C. State 1-4-1 vs. Virginia Tech
VIRGINIA’S RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia (14-3-0, 4-2-0 ACC) is ranked #9 by Soccer America, #10 by NSCAA/adidas, #9 by Soccer Times and #9 by College Soccer News in the Top-25 polls. UVa began the 2004 season ranked #8 in College Soccer News’ Preseason Top-30 poll, #11 in Soccer America’s Preseason Top-25 poll, #13 in the Soccer Times Preseason Top-25 poll and #20 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25 poll.
Soccer America Top-25
Rank Team Record1. UNC Greensboro 16-0-12. New Mexico 13-1-13. SMU 13-3-04. UCLA 10-2-25. Wake Forest 11-3-16. California 11-3-27. Washington 11-4-28. UC Santa Barbara 12-2-19. VIRGINIA 14-3-010. Indiana 13-3-111. Notre Dame 13-2-212. Maryland 12-4-113. Boston College 11-3-214. Creighton 12-4-015. Santa Clara 12-4-016. James Madison 14-2-117. Penn State 9-3-618. Stanford 7-4-519. Duke 13-4-020. St. John's 10-4-421. VCU 10-4-122. Memphis 11-3-123. Florida International 8-5-024. South Carolina 10-5-125. San Fransisco 11-3-1As of 11/1/04
Rank Team Record1. UNC Greensboro 16-0-12. UCLA 10-2-23. SMU 13-3-04. Notre Dame 13-2-25. UC Santa Barbara 13-2-16. Maryland 12-4-17. Indiana 13-3-18. Boston College 11-3-29. Wake Forest 11-3-110. VIRGINIA 14-3-011. St. John's 10-4-412. New Mexico 13-1-113. Memphis 11-3-114. Penn State 9-3-615. Hartwick 11-2-316. VCU 11-4-117. Washington 11-4-218. Creighton 12-4-019. Kentucky 11-4-320. Boston University 9-6-121. Seton Hall 11-6-122. College of Charleston 11-5-123. Binghamton 10-1-624. California 11-3-225. South Carolina 10-5-1As of 11/2/04
VIRGINIA WINS ITS THIRD MATCH OVER A RANKED OPPONENT THIS YEAR: With its 4-1 victory over #24 Old Dominion on October 27th, Virginia recorded its third win over a ranked opponent this season. UVa also posted a 3-2 victory over #13 ranked Duke on October 23rd and defeated #2 Wake Forest 2-1 on September 17th in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Cavaliers only loss to a ranked opponent this season happened when Virginia lost to #8 Saint Louis 2-1 on September 12th in St. Louis, Mo. The Cavaliers were 4-4-1 against ranked teams last season (2003).
ELEVEN DIFFERENT CAVALIERS HAVE SCORED A GAME-WINNING GOAL FOR UVA THIS SEASON: Talk about getting production from various players. UVa has had 11 different players score a game-winning goal this season. In fact, in Virginia’s first ten victories of the season, nine different Cavalier scored the game-winning goal. UVa has received one or more game-winning goal from: Adam Cristman, Hunter Freeman, Ian Holder, Matt Ayotte, Nico Colaluca, John Hartman, Will Hall, Jeremy Barlow, David Rosenbaum, Matt Oliver and Mike Littlefield this season.
FREEMAN LEADING THE NATION IN ASSISTS: Virginia’s Hunter Freeman, a third-year defender/midfielder, entered this season with just four points resulting from four assists after two years of action. Seventeen games into the 2004 season, Freeman has scored 24 points to more than quadruple his two-year point total from the previous two seasons. Freeman’s 24 points are from 20 assists and two goals. His 20 assists currently leads the NCAA in Division I men’s soccer. During a seven-game stretch from September 21st – October 12th, Freeman scored 13 points by posting one goal and dishing out 11 assists against Manhattan, North Carolina, UMBC, N.C. State, Liberty, Davidson and Saint Francis.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!: Virginia is a perfect 11-0-0 in games played at home at Klöckner Stadium this season. The Cavaliers have a minimum total of 12 home contests (regular season games) scheduled this year.
NO GOALS FOR YOU!: Virginia has recorded six victories by shutouts this season. UVa has shutout Marshall (3-0), Long Island (2-0), Cincinnati (1-0), Liberty (3-0), Clemson (2-0) and Longwood (1-0).
UVA HAVING ITS WAY WITH OPPONENTS THIS SEASON: Heading into its game with Maryland on November 5th, Virginia is outscoring its opponents by nearly a three goals to one ratio. UVa has scored 40 goals to it opponents 15. Virginia has also outscored its opponents in total points (124-to-41), dished out more assists (42-to-11) and has taken more shots (269-to-138) than its opponents.
HOME SWEET HOME: Virginia has enjoyed much success playing in the friendly confines of Klöckner Stadium. One of the finest college soccer facilities in the country, Klöckner Stadium has been a very tough place for opponents to record a win. Since its opening in 1992, UVa has posted an eye-opening record of 155-22-7 at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers are currently 11-0-0 at home this season (2004). Virginia finished the 2003 season with a home record of 8-5-0 including a mark of 1-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament at home. In 2002, the Cavaliers finished the regular season a perfect 12-0-0 at home and finished the 2002 season 12-1-0 at home. Virginia is 21-7 in NCAA Tournament games held at Klöckner Stadium during the past 12 seasons, outscoring its opposition 63-26 in those games.
GELNOVATCH CLOSING IN ON 150 CAREER VICTORIES: UVa men’s soccer head soccer coach George Gelnovatch recorded his 100th career head coaching victory on August 30th, 2002 when Virginia defeated #25 Kentucky by the score of 3-2. Gelnovatch has coached eight season at UVa, and has recorded 139 wins as a head coach at Virginia with a career record of 139-48-14, including a mark of 33-15-6 in the ACC. By reaching the 100-win mark, it makes him only the second UVa men’s soccer coach to record the milestone. Former Virginia men’s soccer head coach Bruce Arena holds UVa’s all-time coaching victory mark with 295 (295-59-31, 74-21-11 ACC).
HUNTER FREEMAN NAMED TO THE SOCCER AMERICA AND COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Virginia’s Hunter Freeman keeps pulling in the awards for his stellar play this season. Freeman, who was recently named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Week on October 25th, was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week (for Week 8, October 18-24) and was also selected to College Soccer News’ Team of the Week (week ending October 24th). It marks the second time this season Freeman has been named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week. He was also selected to the team last week for Week 7 (October 11-17). Freeman is also the second Cavalier to be named to College Soccer News’ Team of the Week this year after UVa’s Jeremy Barlow made the team on October 11th.
HUNTER FREEMAN NAMED THE ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Virginia’s Hunter Freeman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Week. Freeman, a third-year defender/midfielder, had a hand in all four goals for the Cavaliers last week in Virginia’s wins over Longwood (1-0 on October 20th) and Duke (3-2 in overtime on October 23rd). Freeman scored one goal against Duke and had three assists (two against Duke, one against Longwood), including the game-winning assist in both of the victories. Freeman’s three assists last week brings his NCAA-leading total up to 16 assists for the year.HUNTER FREEMAN NAMED TO SOCCER AMERICA’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: Virginia’s Hunter Freeman was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week for Week 7 (October 11-17). Freeman, a third-year defender/midfielder, dished out two assists and helped the UVa defense surrender just one goal in two games after he started in both of Virginia’s victories over Saint Francis – NY (3-1) and Clemson (2-0) on October 12th and 17th, respectively.
UVA’S Jeremy Barlow NAMED TO COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS’ NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: University of Virginia men’s soccer player Jeremy Barlow was named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week for the week ending October 10th. Barlow, a first-year midfielder, scored three goals for the Cavaliers to lead UVa to a pair of victories over the Liberty Flames and the Davidson Wildcats last week. He scored his first collegiate goal, the game-winner, in Virginia’s 3-0 win over Liberty on October 6th before scoring two goals in UVa’s 4-1 victory over Davidson on October 9th.
GELNOVATCH STAYING PUT AT UVA: Virginia men’s soccer head coach George Gelnovatch announced he is not considering leaving UVa to pursue the head coaching position with the United States Under-17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Following weeks of speculation that he might leave Virginia for the U-17s, Gelnovatch issued a statement to put rumors of his possible departure to rest. “Recently there have been rumors and speculation circulating about me taking over the U-17 Team. I hoped these rumors would go away, but they have not. In fact, they have become a distraction to what we are are trying to accomplish here at UVa,” said Gelnovatch. “I have had no official conversations with any of the U.S. Soccer administration with regards to the job. My part time involvement with the U.S. National Teams, as always, is the decision of (former UVa head coach) Bruce Arena. I will remain involved with Coach Arena if and when he needs me. However, I am fully committed to the University of Virginia, my team and everything we are striving to accomplish here at UVa and I have no plans to go anywhere.”
FIVE CAVALIERS HAVE SCORED THEIR FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL THIS SEASON: The first-year group of Matt Ayotte, Nico Colaluca, Jeremy Barlow, Chris Tierney and David Rosenbaum have each scored their first collegiate goal this season for UVa. The first goals scored by Ayotte, Colaluca, Barlow and Rosenbaum were game-winners for Virginia.
GELNOVATCH RECORDS 30TH ACC VICTORY IN WIN OVER WAKE FOREST: With Virginia’s 2-1 victory over Wake Forest on September 17th, UVa head coach George Gelnovatch recorded his 30th career ACC coaching victory. The win lifted Gelnovatch to 30-13-6 all-time in ACC contests as of 9/17/04. Gelnovatch’s 30 ACC wins are second to only Bruce Arena’s 74 ACC victories (74-21-11) in UVa men’s soccer history. The third highest ACC win total behind Gelnovatch and Arena is 10 conference victories.
VIRGINIA WINS 150TH GAME AT KLOCKNER STADIUM: With its 3-0 shutout victory over Liberty on October 6th, Virginia won its 150th game at Klockner Stadium. It took UVa just 179 games to reach the 150-win plateau after the Cavaliers posted a mark of 150-22-7 during the stretch to 150 wins at home.