No. 2 Cavaliers Host No. 3 Wake Forest in Regular Season Finale
Oct. 26, 2006
Fri., Oct. 27, 2006
No. 2 Virginia (13-2-0, 5-2-0 ACC) vs. No. 3 Wake Forest (14-2-1, 4-2-1 ACC)
8 p.m., Klockner Stadium
TV: Fox Soccer ChannelGametracker
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Pre-game recognition of Seniors playing in their last regular season game at Virginia!
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NO. 2 CAVALIERS HOST WAKE FOREST IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
No. 2 Virginia welcomes No. 3 Wake Forest to Charlottesville for the Atlantic Coast Conference Regular season finale on senior night at Klockner Stadium. The game will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.
ABOUT THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Virginia (13-2-0, 5-2-0 ACC) enters the final ACC match in second place in the conference standings behind Duke. The Cavaliers are coming off a 3-1 road victory at No. 19 Virginia Tech where senior forward Adam Cristman recorded the first hat trick by a Cavalier in 142 games. Nico Colaluca, Matt Poole and Ian Holder each had assists in the the game. Sophomore forward Yannick Reyering continues to lead the team with 23 points which includes eight goals and seven assists. Cristman is second on the team with six goals, four assists and 16 points. Junior midfielder Nico Colaluca ranks third on the team with 15 points including a season-high five goals and five assists for 15 points. UVa has outscored opponents, 27-11, and out-shot them, 224-140. The Cavs are averaging 14.9 shots per game. Senior goalkeeper Ryan Burke has a 0.76 goals against average with 42 saves. He’s posted six shutouts.
ABOUT THE WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS
Wake Forest (14-2-1, 4-2-1 ACC) is ranked No. 3 in the latest Soccer America and NSCAA polls. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 1-0 win over NC State. Wells Thompson scored the game-winner for Wake Forest. Thompson leads the team with six goals, two assists and 14 points. Ryan Solle and Steven Curfman each have 13 points. Goalkeeper Brian Edwards has allowed 13 goals in 17 games for a 0.74 GAA. He also has 11 shutouts and 51 saves. Wake Forest has outscored opponents, 36-13, in averaging 2.1 goals per game. Wake currently stands in third place in the conference standings. The Demon Deacons are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak with their last loss coming at home to Maryland, 2-1. Wake is also a perfect 6-0 on the road this season.
THE VIRGINIA-WAKE FOREST SERIES
Virginia leads the all-time series with the Demon Deacons, 30-3-4. The Cavaliers won last season’s meeting in Winston-Salem, 2-1, in overtime. Under George Gelnovatch, the Cavaliers are 13-1-2 against Wake Forest having won the last six meetings. The Demon Deacons last won in the series in 2002 in Winston Salem, 2-1.
LAST TIME AT WAKE FOREST
Joe Vide blasted his second goal of the season three minutes into overtime to lift No. 11 Virginia over No. 17 Wake Forest, 2-1, in front of 3,647 fans at a packed Spry Stadium. The Cavaliers (12-3-2, 6-2-0 ACC) earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament with the win. Vide, who entered the game late in the second half, received a pass from Adam Cristman at the 18. He rocketed a shot past Wake Forest’s goalkeeper for his first game-winning goal of the season in the 93rd minute. Virginia trailed the Demon Deacons, 1-0, until the 56th minute. Dane Murphy played a ball to Nico Colaluca on a breakaway. Colaluca scored his second goal of the season at the 55:40 mark to tie the game, 1-1. The Demon Deacons scored the first goal of the game seven minutes into the second half. Sam Cronin played a ball down the right side that Justin Moose served in to Michael Lahoud. Lahoud fired a shot upper right corner for his sixth goal of the season putting Wake Forest ahead, 1-0, in the 52nd minute. For the game, Wake Forest out-shot Virginia, 15-8. Ryan Burke recorded a season-high seven saves in the win.
CAVALIERS IN THE POLLS
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. 3 in College Soccer News.
WHAT’S ON THE LINE
With the last weekend of regular season ACC action set to take place Friday, seeding for next week’s conference tournament in Germantown, Md., is on the line. A Virginia win and a Duke loss would give the Cavaliers the ACC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Win, Loss or Tie, the Cavaliers will end up with one of the top three seeds since UVa currently only loses tiebreakers to Duke, who leads the conference and eighth place North Carolina.
DEJA VU ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
The Cavaliers and Demon Deacons wrapped up the 2005 regular season on the Fox Soccer Channel. Virginia edged Wake Forest in overtime, 2-1, in Winston-Salem last season. The Cavs and Deacs will do the same in 2006 when the Cavaliers host Wake Forest on senior night.
Virginia is honoring nine seniors that have been a big part of the Cavalier success the last four seasons which have led to two ACC Championships and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances: Ryan Burke (Cumberland Foreside, Maine), Adam Cristman (Glen Allen, Va.), Will Hall (Shirley, N.Y.), Drew Harrison (Roanoke, Va.), Sean Hinkle (Fredericksburg, Va.), Ian Holder (Norfolk, Va.), Kyle Rudzinski (McLean, Va.), Lee Sandwina (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and student assistant coach Chefik Simo (Dallas, Texas).
DEFENSE KEY FOR CAVS IN 2006
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 15 games. The Cavaliers have allowed 11 goals this season. Burke has played 1189 minutes in goal and tallied 42 saves while sporting a 0.76 goals allowed average. Michael Giallombardo has played 182 minutes in goal and registered two wins for the Cavaliers.
CRISTMAN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Virginia senior forward Adam Cristman registered the first hat trick since 2000 by a Cavalier to lead No. 2 Virginia to a 3-1 win over No. 19 Virginia Tech en route to being named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week. Cristman was also named the Soccer America and College Soccer News National Player of the Week. The veteran scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute. The senior’s third goal came four minutes later when Ian Holder found Cristman streaking over the middle on the breakaway. Cristman answered Virginia’s Tech early score when he headed in a Nico Colaluca corner kick 43 seconds after the Hokies scored their first goal to tie the game, 1-1, at the 57:21 mark. The Glen Allen, Va., native currently ranks seventh among league players for shots per game (2.80) and is tied for eighth for goals per game (0.41). He is now second on the team with six goals and 16 points. Cristman was the third ACC player to record a hat trick this season. Only Patrick Nyarko of Virginia Tech and Charlie Davies of Boston College had recorded hat tricks this season for the ACC.
IT WAS A LONG WAIT
Adam Cristman’s hat trick was the first one in 142 games for Virginia. The last time Virginia had a hat trick was on Sept. 13, 2000 when Sheldon Barnes scored three goals against Northeastern. It was Cristman’s first career hat trick.
HOME SWEET HOME
Virginia is a perfect 11-0-0 on the season at Klöckner Stadium in 2006. Dating back to the end of last season, UVa has won 12 straight games at home.
COLALUCA’S OFFENSIVE IN 2006
Junior midfielder Nico Colaluca is the third leading scorer for the Cavaliers 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 has five goals and five assists for 15 points through 15 games this season.
BURKE CHASING RECORDS
Senior goalkeeper Ryan Burke continues to move up the all-time career charts. Burke is second all-time in career shutouts (26), games played (73) and minutes played in goal (6,706), saves (225), eighth in GAA (1.03) and ninth in saves percentage (.731).