UVa vs. UNC: Top-Three Friday Night Men's Soccer Showdown at Klockner Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team hosts No. 2 North Carolina in Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer action Friday night (Oct. 1). Kick-off from Klöckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (6-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) has recorded three-consecutive shutout victories. In their most recent outing, the Cavaliers defeated Longwood, 2-0, on Tuesday (Sept. 28). Will Bates (Chester, Va.) and Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.) were UVa’s goal-scorers.
On the season, Bates leads the team with four goals and one assist. Span ranks second on the team with three goals and two assists, while Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.) has scored three goals.
Senior goalkeeper and preseason All-America selection Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has started all eight of the Cavaliers’ matches in 2010 and has recorded five shutouts. He has allowed four goals for a 0.49 goals-against average.
Restrepo is approaching the school record for career shutouts (28 set by Ryan Burke from 2003-06). So far in his two seasons as a Cavalier, Restrepo has tallied 21 shutouts.
North Carolina has an overall record of 5-2 (3-0 ACC), and fell 2-1 at Old Dominion in its last outing on Sept. 28. The Tar Heels are led by Enzo Martinez with three goals and one assist, followed by Michael Farfan with two goals and one assist.
The all-time series with UNC is knotted at 34-34-7. Last season in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels came away with a 1-0 double-overtime victory. North Carolina has not won in Charlottesville since the 1977 season (a string of 16 matches).
Virginia is in its second match of a six-contest homestand. The Cavaliers host Liberty on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., followed by Alabama A&M (Oct. 9), James Madison (Oct. 12) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 15).