No. 2 Virginia Opens ACC Slate Saturday Night at No. 7 Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE – In a showdown of top-10 teams, No. 2 Virginia faces No. 7 Duke on the road Saturday night. Kick-off from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C., is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
After the opening weekend of action, Virginia and Duke are both unbeaten, with the Cavaliers boasting a 2-0 record and the Blue Devils earning a 1-0-1 mark.
Virginia defeated UAB, 2-1, in its season-opener on Friday (Sept. 3) and followed that up with a 5-0 shutout of No. 17 St. John’s on Sunday (Sept. 5).
In ACC openers during head coach George Gelnovatch’s tenure (beginning with the 1996 season), the Cavaliers have compiled an 8-3-3 record. Last season, UVa dropped a 1-0 double-overtime contest to Duke at home in its conference-opener.
In the all-time series with Duke, Virginia holds a slim 37-36-7 advantage, but has not won in Durham since the 2001 season.
Virginia is unbeaten in its last 18 games (15-0-3), dating back to a 1-0 double-overtime loss at North Carolina on Oct. 2, 2009.
Rookie Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.) leads the offense with two goals and an assist so far in 2010, followed by sophomore Will Bates (Chester, Va.) with two goals. Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.), Sean Hiller (Howell, N.J.) and Sean Murnane (Centreville, Va.) have also registered goals for the Cavaliers.
Senior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has allowed one goal in 180 minutes of action and posted one shutout.
The Cavaliers are ranked No. 2 in the Sept. 7 rankings released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America.
Up next, Virginia hosts Marist on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.