No. 4 Virginia Takes On No. 25 JMU Tuesday at Klockner Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The fourth-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team hosts No. 25 James Madison Tuesday night (Oct. 12) at Klöckner Stadium. Kick-off is 7 p.m., and live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (8-2-1) is ranked No. 4 in the Soccer America poll released on Oct. 5, and No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 that was released on Oct. 5. In the coaches’ poll, James Madison is ranked No. 25. The polls come out each Tuesday during the regular season.
The Cavaliers are winners of two-consecutive matches, including a 10-0 victory over Alabama A&M in their most recent outing on Oct. 9. In that match vs. the Bulldogs, three different UVa players had two goals each and the team was one goal shy of the school record (11) for goals in a single game.
Virginia has not been beaten by a non-conference opponent since the 2008 NCAA Tournament, a string of 19 matches.
Sophomore Will Bates (Chester, Va.) leads the Cavalier offense with six goals and three assists, followed by junior Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) with five goals and two assists. Defensively for Virginia, senior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has posted six shutouts in 11 matches and has a goals-against average of 0.53. That average leads the Atlantic Coast Conference, as do his number of shutouts this season.
James Madison (7-2-1) is coming off a 4-2 victory against Delaware on Oct. 9. C.J. Sapong leads the Dukes with nine goals and eight assists. Ken Manahan has played in all 10 of JMU’s games in goal and has allowed 11 goals (1.06 goals-against average).
Virginia leads the all-time series with JMU, 16-4-1, but the teams have not met since the 2001 season. In that regular-season finale in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers won 2-1.
Following Tuesday’s match, Virginia wraps up its six-match homestand with a Friday night (Oct. 15) ACC showdown against Virginia Tech. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.