Virginia Men's Soccer Set To Host American In NCAA Tournament Second Round
Nov. 22, 2004
VIRGINIA’S RECORD & RANKINGS: Virginia (17-4-0, 4-3-0 ACC) is ranked #4 by Soccer America, #3 by NSCAA/adidas, #3 by Soccer Times and #4 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.
`HOOS UP NEXT?: The #4 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (17-4-0, 4-3-0 ACC) will face the American Eagles (15-5-2, 6-1-0 Patriot League) in the Second Round of the 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM.
THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: Virginia leads the all-time series with American 11-3-0 in a series that dates back to the 1979 season. The Cavaliers lost to the Eagles 1-0 in the first ever meeting on November 20, 1979 in Charlottesville, Va. in an NCAA Tournament match.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia defeated American by the score of 1-0 on September 5, 2003 in College Park, Md. in a match that was part of the 2003 Fila/Maryland Soccer Classic.
UVA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Thanks to its automatic bid into the 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, Virginia advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive year and will be making its 65th appearance in a NCAA Tournament contest when it faces American. UVa stands 42-20-2 all-time in the history of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. The Cavaliers have won five National Championships after claiming the title in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
VIRGINIA IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT: Virginia stands 29-9-5 all-time in the history of the ACC Championship. UVa has advanced to the ACC Finals 15 of the 18 times the tournament has been played and has won the ACC Tournament title on nine occasions. The Cavaliers claimed the ACC Tournament title in: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003 and 2004. Virginia has competed in the ACC Finals the past six consecutive seasons (1999-2004).
`HOOS AGAINST THE TOP-25: With its three wins over ranked teams in the 2004 ACC Tournament (#14 Duke, #8 Wake Forest & #12 Maryland), Virginia has now won six games against a ranked opponent this season. Here is a look at UVa’s matches against the Top 25 this year:
Date Opponents Score Location9/12 #8 Saint Louis L, 2-1 Saint Louis, Mo.9/17 #2 Wake Forest W, 2-1 Winston-Salem, NC10/23 #13 Duke W, 3-2 Charlottesville, Va.10/27 #24 Old Dominion W, 4-1 Charlottesville, Va.11/5 #12 Maryland L, 1-0 Charlottesville, Va.11/10 #14 Duke W, 3-1 Cary, N.C.11/12 #8 Wake Forest W, 2-1 Cary, N.C.11/14 #5 Maryland W, 2-1 Cary, N.C.
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. Twenty one games into the 2004 season, Freeman has scored 25 points to more than quadruple his two-year point total from the previous two seasons. Freeman’s 25 points are from 21 assists and two goals. His 21 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.
ALMOST PERFECT AT HOME: Virginia was a perfect 11-0-0 in its first 11 games played at home at Klöckner Stadium this season before losing 1-0 against #12 Maryland on Senior Night in UVa’s regular season finale. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a home record of 11-1-0 at Klöckner Stadium 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 the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Virginia is outscoring its opponents 49 to 19. Virginia has also outscored its opponents in total points (145-to-53), dished out more assists (51-to-15) and has taken more shots (303-to-185) 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 155-23-7 at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers are currently 11-1-0 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.
VIRGINIA AWARDED THE FOURTH SEED IN THE NCAA & ACC TOURNAMENTS: Virginia was awarded the number four (4) seed in the 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship and was the number four seed in the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship.
CAVALIERS DEFENDED THEIR ACC TITLE, AGAIN: Virginia, the 2003 ACC Champions, defended their title from last season by winning the 2004 ACC Championship. It marked the seventh time in school history that UVa defended its ACC title by winning the conference title the following year.
FIVE PLAYERS NAMED TO ACC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM, BARLOW NAMED ACC TOURNAMENT MVP: Five Virginia players: Jeremy Barlow, Ryan Burke, Adam Cristman, Nico Colaluca and Mike Littlefield, were named to the2004 ACC All-Tournament Team. Barlow was named the tournament’s MVP.
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 142 wins as a head coach at Virginia with a career record of 142-49-14, including a mark of 33-16-6 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).
FOUR CAVALIERS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAMS: Four Virginia men’s soccer players were named to the 2004 All-ACC Soccer Teams. UVa’s Hunter Freeman and Matt Oliver were chosen as First Team All-ACC selections, Nico Colaluca was a named a Second Team All-ACC choice, and Jeremy Barlow and Colaluca were named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Wake Forest’s Scott Sealy was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and WFU’s Michael Parkhurst was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The Demon Deacons’ Jay Vidovich was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Duke’s Michael Videira was named the ACC Freshman of the Year.