No. 11 Men's Soccer Wraps Up Regular Season at No. 17 Wake Forest Friday
Nov. 3, 2005
November 4, 2005
#11/20 Virginia (11-3-2, 5-2-0 ACC) at #17 Wake Forest (10-5-2, 1-4-2 ACC)
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (Live)
THE MATCH-UP: No. 11 Virginia plays its final regular season game when the Cavaliers face No. 17 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Cavaliers look to snap a two-game losing streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play. UVa fell at home to in-state rival Virginia Tech, 2-1, last Saturday. Third-year midfielder Ian Holder scored his third goal of the season against the Hokies. Virginia is led by first-year forward Yannick Reyering who has 11goals on the season. He leads the team with 23 points. Third-year forward Adam Cristman has 19 points including seven goals and five assists. Jeremy Barlow has nine assists for the Cavaliers. Third-year goalkeeper Ryan Burke has posted a 0.84 goals against average and continues to lead the conference with 10 shutouts. As a team, the Cavaliers are averaging 1.74 goals per game and 14.6 shots. Wake Forest enters the game 10-5-2 and 1-4-2 in ACC play. The Demon Deacons rank fifth in the ACC in goals per game (1.88) and third in assists (2.29).
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE CAVALIERS: Virginia Tech’s Patrick Nyarko knocked in the game winning goal in the 97th minute to lift the No. 12 Hokies over No. 5 Virginia, 2-1, in overtime at Klockner Stadium in front of 3,428 fans. The Cavaliers (11-3-2, 5-2-0 ACC) dropped only their second game in Atlantic Coast Conference action while Virginia Tech (10-3-4, 3-1-3 ACC) picked up its first point in the Adelphia Commonwealth Challenge. Virginia was in good position to pick up the win with nine minutes remaining in regulation. The Cavaliers out-shot the Hokies, 6-4, and controlled possession in the second half. Ian Holder cored his third goal of the season in the 81st minute putting the Cavaliers ahead, 1-0. Holder completed a bang-bang play. He chipped in a goal off a header from Adam Cristman who received a pass into the box from Matt Poole. Poole and Cristman were both credited with assists. Four minutes later, the Hokies tied the game. Virginia Tech scored at the 85:03 mark when Nyarko got loose on a breakaway off Hokie goalkeeper Chase Harrison’s punt. Nyarko beat an UVa defender and punched in a goal just past Burke tying it, 1-1.
ABOUT WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons (10-5-2, 1-4-2 ACC) are looking for their second win in ACC play. Forward Mark Ellington has produced eight goals and 17 points on the season. Five different Demon Deacons have double-digit points. Ryan Solle ranks first the ACC with 12 assists. The defense has a 0.86 GAA led by sophomore goalkeeper Brian Edwards, who has played 1551 minutes in goal allowing 15 goals and recording 51 saves. Wake Forest is 4-2-2 in its last eight games.
THE SERIES VS. WAKE FOREST: Virginia and Wake Forest have met 36 times on the soccer field. The Cavaliers are 29-3-4 all-time against the Demon Deacons. Virginia won both meetings last season, 2-1, in Winston-Salem and 2-1, at the ACC Tournament.
THE WAKE FOREST CONNECTION: Virginia assistant coach Mike McGinty was a three-year starter at goalkeeper for Wake Forest. He earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore. He holds school records for shutouts in a season (9) and a career (18.5). He ranks second in Wake Forest history in career saves and third in GAA.