Virginia Hosts NC State Friday In ACC Opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia men’s soccer team opens Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday with a contest against NC State. Kick-off from Klckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on ACC Select. Click here to access the ACC Select webcast.
The Cavaliers (2-3-0) return to Klckner Stadium after dropping a 3-1 contest on the road last weekend at Virginia Commonwealth. Freshman Tony Tchani (Bafang, Cameroon) scored UVa’s lone goal, upping his total for the season to three. Fellow freshman Chris Agorsor (Severn, Md.) also has tallied three goals on the year to help lead the Cavalier offense.
UVa’s youth has been evident as six out of the nine freshmen on the squad have earned starts and four have registered points. Veteran players such as Matt Mitchell (one goal, one assist) Jonathan Villanueva (two assists) and Neil Barlow (one assist), meanwhile, have contributed their experience and leadership to the young squad.
In goal, Dan Louisignau earned his fifth-straight start for UVa Saturday night against the Rams. The sophomore out of Wilmington, Del., has allowed 11 goals and made 17 saves on the year.
NC State enters Friday’s match fresh off a Tuesday night victory over VMI in Raleigh, N.C., 3-1. The Wolfpack has an overall record of 1-3-1 and 0-1-0 in the ACC after dropping its conference-opener in overtime, 2-1, at North Carolina.
Alan Sanchez leads NC State with two goals and an assist, while Ronnie Bouemboue (two goals), Watt Williams (one goal) and Federico Nachmann (one goal) have also tallied points for the Wolfpack.
In goal for NC State, Christopher Widman has started two games, while Will Mackvick has seen action in three.
Virginia leads the all-time series with NC State, 41-16-7, and won the last meeting between the teams at the 2007 ACC Tournament, 4-1. During the regular season last year, Virginia and NC State tied, 2-2, in Raleigh.
Up next for Virginia is a Tuesday night match-up with Central Connecticut State. Kick-off from Klckner Stadium is 7 p.m.