UVa and Maryland Meet Wednesday In ACC Quarterfinals
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The fifth-seeded and sixth-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team meets fourth-seeded and fifth-ranked Maryland in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Kick-off from Koka Booth Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., is noon, and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. Additionally, the game will be streamed live by ACC Select. Fans can access the ACC Select link and watch a free live broadcast by clicking the link above.
Virginia (12-3-2, 4-3-1) wrapped up the No. 5 seed at the league tournament by defeating No. 18 NC State in its regular season finale, 1-0, on Saturday (Nov. 7). Neil Barlow, Ross LaBauex, Tony Tchani and Will Bates earned second team All-ACC postseason honors, while Bates was also named to the All-Freshmen Team.
Bates (Chester, Va.) paces Virginia’s offense with seven goals and one assist, followed by Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) with five goals.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are ranked third in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.39. UVa has shut out five-consecutive opponents and allowed just seven goals in 17 games. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) is also ranked third in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.39 and leads the ACC with nine shutouts this season.
Maryland, meanwhile, earned the fourth seeded with an overall record of 12-4-2 and a conference mark of 4-2-2. The Terrapins are led by Jason Herrick with eight goals and one assist, while goalkeeper Zac MacMath was named a first team All-ACC selection after allowing 13 goals in 18 games while making 44 saves (0.79 goals-against average).
The teams met on Oct. 31, playing to a scoreless draw at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. This year’s quarterfinal between the Cavaliers and Terrapins is a rematch of last season’s ACC Championship game, in which the Terps earned a 1-0 victory for the title.
Virginia trails the all-time series with Maryland, 26-35-8, and the Terrapins have won three of the last four contests. The last UVa victory in the series was on Oct. 11, 2006 – a 3-0 win in Charlottesville. The last UVa victory over Maryland in the ACC Tournament was the 2004 final, which the Cavaliers won, 2-1.
Virginia has an all-time record of 33-12-6 at the ACC Tournament and has won nine tournament titles (1988, 1991-95, 1997, 2003-04).
Virginia and Maryland have met seven times in the conference tournament, with UVa holding a 3-3-1 record in those contests.
A victory would give Virginia an appearance in Friday’s (Nov. 13) first semifinal at 5:30 p.m. The Cavaliers would take on the winner of top-seeded Wake Forest vs. Clemson or Virginia Tech.