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Oct. 20, 2006

No. 2 Virginia hits the road for its final road match when the Cavaliers travel to No. 19 Virginia Tech for the fourth competition of the Commonwealth Challenge. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. Virginia leads the Commonwealth Challenge, 1.5-.5.

Virginia (12-2-0, 4-2-0 ACC) had its game with Longwood Tuesday night cancelled due to inclement weather. The Cavaliers last played on Oct. 11 when they defeated defending national champions, Maryland, 3-0. Jonathan Villanueva, Adam Cristman and Yannick Reyering each scored goals for the Cavaliers while Ryan Burke posedt his sixth shutout of the season. Reyering continues to lead the team with 23 points which includes eight goals and seven assists. Junior midfielder Nico Colaluca ranks second on the team with 14 points including a season-high five goals and four assists. Adam Cristman has scored three goals and added four assists for 10 points. UVa has outscored opponents, 24-10, and out-shot them, 209-133. The Cavs are averaging 14.9 shots per game.

Virginia Tech (10-4-1, 2-3-1 ACC) is ranked No. 19 in the latest Soccer America poll. The Hokies defeated Davidson, 4-2, Tuesday night. Patrick Nyarko scored one goal and assisted on two others in the win.Virginia Tech has scored 14 goals in its last three games, including a 5-2 home win over No. 3 Clemson. Nyarko has five goals and three assists in the last three games. He leads the team with 13 goals and 33 points. Midfielder Marcus is second on the team with six goa and seven assists for 19 points. Goalkeepers Czekanski is 7-0-0 on the season with one shutout. He has allowed eight goals in 636 minutes in posting a 1.13 goals against average. Virginia Tech has outscored opponents, 40-22, in averaging 2.6 goals per game.

Virginia leads the all-time series with the Hokies, 31-4-0. The Hokies won last season’s meeting in Charlottesville, 2-1, in overtime. Virginia Tech has won the last two meetings over 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. Nyarko collected a loose ball after Virginia goalkeeper Ryan Burke deflected a header out of the box. Nyarko gathered the ball and flicked a shot far post to give the Hokies the 2-1 win in overtime. 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 scored his third goal of the season in the 81st minute putting the Cavaliers ahead, 1-0. 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. For the game, Virginia Tech outshot Virginia, 12-9 and held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks.

Virginia is No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Times and No. 4 in Soccer America. The Cavaliers are No. 6 in College Soccer News.

The top scoring offense in the ACC will meet the top defense in the ACC Friday night in Blacksburg. Virginia leads the conference in goals allowed (10) and goals against average (0.70) while ranking second in shutouts (7). Virginia Tech is the top scoring offense in the ACC putting up a league best 40 goals in 15 games while averaging another league-best 2.6 goals per game. Virginia Tech also leads the ACC in assists (43). Sophomore forward Patrick Nyarko ranks second in the ACC in goals (13) and points (33) while UVa goalkeeper Ryan Burke is second in the ACC in GAA (0.74) and goals allowed (9).

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 seven shutouts in 14 games. The Cavaliers have allowed 10 goals this season. Burke has played 1099 minutes in goal and tallied 42 saves while sporting a 0.74 goals allowed average. Michael Giallombardo has played 182 minutes in goal and registered two wins for the Cavaliers.

After scoring one point in the first seven games, senior forward Adam Cristman has been in a groove the last seven games. Cristman has back-to-back goals in games against North Carolina and American and a goal against Maryland He also has assists against West Virginia and Liberty in producing nine points in the last seven games. He now has 27 career goals and 14 career assists for 68 points.

Junior midfielder Nico Colaluca is the second leading scorer for the Cavaliers already in 2006. Colaluca already has surpassed his career total in goals. He had four career goals and six career assists for 14 career points heading into this season. He already has five goals and four assists for 14 points through 14 games this season.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Burke continues to move up the all-time career charts. Burke is second all-time in career shutouts (26), games played (72) and minutes played in goal (6,616), saves (225), eighth in GAA (1.05) and ninth in saves percentage (.731).

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