No. 10 UVa Set For Halloween Night Clash at No. 6 Maryland
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Riding a three-match winning streak, the 10th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team heads to No. 6 Maryland for a Saturday night contest. Kick-off from Ludwig Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., on Halloween night, and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. Additionally, a free audio broadcast is available at www.wmucsports.com.
Virginia (10-3-1, 3-3 ACC) has won three-consecutive games: 3-1 at Virginia Tech (Oct. 17), 2-0 vs. Howard (Oct. 20) and 2-0 vs. Boston College (Oct. 25). Additionally, the Cavaliers are unbeaten in their last five games, holding a 4-0-1 record.
Virginia is ranked No. 10 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 12 by Soccer America.
As a team, UVa has allowed just seven goals in 14 games for a goals-against average of 0.47. That average ranks sixth nationally according to statistics released by the NCAA. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has posted six shutouts on the year.
Offensively, Will Bates (Chester, Va.) has scored a goal in four-straight matches and leads the team with six goals and one assist on the season. Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) and Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) rank second on the team with four goals apiece.
Bates was named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 26, after netting back-to-back game-winning goals in the Cavaliers’ wins over Howard and BC.
Maryland (10-4-1, 4-2-1 ACC) is ranked No. 6 by the NSCAA and No. 8 by Soccer America. The Terrapins lost their last outing, a 1-0 contest at Wake Forest on Oct. 24, which snapped a five-match winning streak. Maryland is led by junior Jason Herrick with a team-best eight goals.
Virginia trails the all-time series with Maryland, 35-26-7, and has dropped three-straight to the Terrapins. In last season’s ACC Tournament title game, Maryland prevailed, 1-0. The last Cavalier victory in the series was during the 2006 season, while the last UVa win at Ludwig Field was in 2001.
Following Saturday’s game, Virginia returns home for its final two regular-season matches at Klöckner Stadium. UVa hosts American on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., followed by NC State on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.