Virginia and Wake Forest Set For Semifinal Showdown
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The fifth-seeded and sixth-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team meets top-seeded and third-ranked Wake Forest in an ACC Tournament semifinal match on Friday. Kick-off from WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., is 5:30 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. Additionally, the game will be streamed live by ACC Select.
Virginia (13-3-2, 4-3-1) defeated fourth-seeded Maryland in its quarterfinal match, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Koka Booth Stadium. Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) had the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to lift UVa to its third-straight victory and first over the Terrapins since 2006.
Will Bates (Chester, Va.) paces Virginia’s offense with seven goals and one assist, followed by Tchani with six goals.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are ranked third in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.39. UVa has shut out six-consecutive opponents and allowed just seven goals in 18 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 10 shutouts this season.
Wake Forest and Virginia met on Sept. 18 during the regular season and Virginia came away with a 1-0 win in Winston-Salem. Mike Volk (Bear, Del.) had the game-winning goal on an assist from Barlow.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 32-6-5, and has won two-straight vs. the Demon Deacons. Prior to this season’s contest, the Cavaliers defeated Wake Forest, 3-2, in double overtime of last year’s ACC Tournament semifinal on Nov. 14, 2008.
Virginia and Wake Forest have met 11 times in the conference tournament, with UVa holding a 9-0-2 record in those contests.
Virginia has a 3-2-1 record against ranked teams in 2009. The Cavaliers’ wins vs. ranked teams were Sept. 18 at No. 2 Wake Forest (1-0), Nov. 7 vs. No. 18 NC State (1-0) and Nov. 11 vs. No. 5 Maryland (1-0).
Virginia has an all-time record of 34-12-6 at the ACC Tournament and has won nine tournament titles (1988, 1991-95, 1997, 2003-04).
Wake Forest earned the No. 1 seed with a conference mark of 5-2-1. In their quarterfinal match, the Demon Deacons defeated ninth-seeded Clemson, 3-0.
The Demon Deacons are led by Zack Schilawski with 11 goals and five assists, followed by Andy Lubahn with nine goals. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald has allowed 12 goals in 19 games for a goals-against average of 0.65.
A win would give Virginia an appearance in the ACC Championship game for the second-consecutive year. The title game will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.