No. 12 Virginia Hosts BC Sunday Afternoon In Key ACC Match-Up
CHARLOTTESVILLE – With four regular-season matches left and position in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings on the line, the 12th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team hosts Boston College Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (9-3-1, 2-3 ACC) is coming off of two-consecutive victories, first on Oct. 17 at Virginia Tech (3-1) and most recently Tuesday night (Oct. 20) vs. Howard (2-0). Freshman Will Bates (Chester, Va.) has scored in three-straight games for the Cavaliers and leads the team with five goals.
Sophomore and MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) upped his goal total to four with a score against Howard, while senior Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) has also registered four goals for UVa this season.
In goal, Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has anchored a Cavalier defense that ranks ninth in the nation for goals-against average. The Cavaliers have allowed just seven goals in 13 games, averaging 0.50 goals against per game. Restrepo, meanwhile, has tallied five shutouts.
Virginia is ranked No. 12 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and No. 15 by Soccer America. In the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released on Oct. 13 by the NCAA, UVa is listed as No. 22. RPI is derived from three factors: Division I winning percentage (25 percent), schedule strength (50 percent) and opponents’ schedule strength (25 percent).
Boston College (9-6, 3-2 ACC) has won four-straight games dating back to a 2-0 victory over Clemson on Oct. 9. Most recently, the Eagles defeated Holy Cross on Wednesday (Oct. 21) night, 2-1.
The Eagles are led by Charlie Rugg with six goals and three assists, followed by Edvin Worley with three goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Justin Luthy has played in 14 games for BC and allowed 12 goals (0.85 goals-against average).
The all-time series with Boston College is knotted at 3-3. The Eagles have won three-straight in the series, including a 1-0 victory in Newton, Mass., last season. UVa’s last victory over BC was on Sept. 15, 2005 – a 3-2 overtime win.
Following Sunday’s match, Virginia travels to ACC foe Maryland for a Halloween night match. Kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 31 from Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.