No. 3 Men's Soccer Heads to No. 6 Duke in Top 10 ACC Battle
Oct. 6, 2006
Fri., Oct. 6, 2006
No. 3 Virginia at No. 6 Duke
7 p.m., Koskinen Stadium
NO. 3 CAVALIERS HEAD TO NO. 6 DUKE FOR IN TOP 10 ACC SHOWDOWN
No. 3 Virginia takes to the road for the third time this season as the Cavaliers travel to Durham, N.C. to face No. 6 Duke Friday at 7 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium. Virginia will be making its first trip to Durham since the 2003 season.
ABOUT THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Virginia (11-1-0, 3-1-0 ACC) is coming off a 2-0 shutout of Liberty at home Tuesday. Junior midfielders Nico Colaluca and Chris Tierney each scored goals for the Cavaliers in the win. The Cavaliers have won three straight games since losing at North Carolina including a 1-0 shutout of then No. 1 Clemson. Freshman midfielder Jonathan Villanueva scored his first collegiate goal in the 75th minute against Clemson. The Cavaliers are 1-1 on the road this season and a perfect 10-0 at home this season. Sophomore forward Yannick Reyering continues to lead the team with 18 points which includes six goals and six assists. Junior midfielder Nico Colaluca now ranks second on the team with 12 points including a season-high five goals and two assists. Adam Cristman has scored two goals and added four assists for eight points. Senior midfielder Ian Holder has scored two goals for Virginia. UVa has outscored opponents, 20-8, and out-shot them, 187-115. The Cavs are averaging 15.6 shots per game.
ABOUT THE DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Duke is ranked as high as No. 6 in the latest Soccer America poll. Mike Grella leads the team with seven goals and 16 points while Spencer Wadsworth is tied for the team lead in assists (6) with Zach Pope. Pope and Wadsworth are tied for the ACC-lead in assists. Goalkeeper Justin Papadakis is 5-1-1 on the season with three shutouts. He has played in eight games and registered 740 minutes and 27 saves. Duke has dropped two of its last three games. The Blue Devils fell in their last outing, 1-0, at No. 2 Maryland.
THE VIRGINIA-DUKE SERIES
Virginia holds a 36-32-7 edge in the all-time series with Duke and has won five of the last seven matches between the two schools.
LAST TIME AGAINST DUKE
Goalkeeper Ryan Burke recorded his ninth shutout of the season and forward Yannick Reyering provided the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to lift No. 4 Virginia over No. 10 Duke, 1-0, at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers (10-1-2, 5-0-0 ACC) remained undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference and stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games. Duke dropped to 8-3-1 and 2-2-1 in ACC play. Reyering notched his 10th goal of the season. After Chris Tierney sent a long ball into the box, Adam Cristman got tangled up with some Duke defenders. From the ground, Cristman tapped back a pass to Reyering, who drilled a shot into the back of the net for the game-winner. The Blue Devils out-shot the Cavaliers in the game, 11-9, while Duke held a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks. Burke finished the game with three saves while Papadakis also registered three saves for the Blue Devils.
CAVALIERS IN THE POLLS
Virginia is No. 3 in College Soccer News, the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Times polls. The Cavaliers are No. 4 in Soccer America.
DEFENSE KEY IN CAVS’ START
The addition of red-shirt freshman Bakary Soumare and junior Matt Williams has made an immediate impact for the Cavaliers to go along with returning starters Matt Poole, Zola Short and Ryan Burke. Virginia has six shutouts in 12 games. The Cavaliers have allowed eight goals this season. Burke has played 919 minutes in goal and tallied 37 saves while sporting a 0.69 goals allowed average. Michael Giallombardo has played 182 minutes in goal and registered two wins for the Cavaliers.