No. 20 UVa Travels To No. 2 Wake Forest For Friday Night Showdown
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 20 Virginia men’s soccer team travels to second-ranked Wake Forest for a Friday night ACC contest. Kick-off from Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., is 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are ranked No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 25 in the Soccer America top 25, while Wake Forest is ranked No. 2 (NSCAA) and No. 3 (Soccer America).
Virginia (3-1, 0-1 ACC) is led by Hermann Trophy candidate Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.), who has tallied two goals so far this year. He was named to the Soccer America Men’s Team of the Week on Sept. 7 following two season-opening wins for the Cavaliers at the Portland Nike Invitational (Sept. 4 and 6).
Senior Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) has also provided offensive firepower for the ‘Hoos, scoring two goals (both game-winners) and tallying one assist. Barlow’s goal against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday (Sept. 15) gave the Cavaliers the victory in their last outing.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 31-6-5. The teams split two meetings last season, with UVa dropping the regular-season match-up in Charlottesville but topping the Demon Deacons, 3-2, in double overtime in the semifinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament.
Wake Forest (3-0-1, 1-0 ACC) is led by Sean Randolph (two goals) and Austin da Luz (four assists). The Demon Deacons most recently topped Clemson, 3-1, on the road in their ACC opener.
Following Friday’s match, Virginia returns home for three-straight games. The Cavaliers host George Washington (Sept. 22), Clemson (Sept. 26) and VCU (Sept. 29).