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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 11th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts Howard at Klöckner Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at

Virginia (8-3-1, 2-3 ACC) is coming off of a 3-1 win at league and in-state rival Virginia Tech Saturday night (Oct. 17). Freshman Will Bates (Chester, Va.) scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 57th minute, to lead UVa to a victory over the Hokies.

Bates has now scored four goals in 2009, which is tied for first among the Cavaliers. Senior Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) has also totaled four goals and had Virginia’s first goal against Virginia Tech.

The 3-1 victory marked the Cavaliers’ highest goal output since opening the season with a 3-0 victory at Portland.

The all-time series with Howard stands at 1-1. The teams met in the 1988 and 1997 seasons, with the Cavaliers prevailing 3-0 in 1997 and the Bison winning 3-2 in overtime in 1988. Both match-ups occurred at the NCAA Tournament.

Howard (2-9-2) is led by Phillip Borde with three goals and four assists, followed by Matt Marshall with two goals and one assist. Goalkeeper Victory Thomas has started nine out of Howard’s 12 games and allowed 19 goals for a 1.68 goals-against average.

Following Tuesday’s match, Virginia hosts Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Klöckner Stadium. Kick-off is 1 p.m.

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