No. 3 Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech Friday In Men's Soccer Action
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team hosts in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech on Friday night (Oct. 15). Kick-off from Klöckner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Jockeying for position in the ACC standings, Virginia has an overall record of 8-2-2 and a 1-2-1 mark in league play. The Hokies are 4-7-1 overall and also have a 1-2-1 record in conference play.
UVa is coming off a hard-fought double-overtime scoreless draw with James Madison on Tuesday night (Oct. 12). Senior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had eight saves for his seventh shutout of the season.
Restrepo is approaching the school record for career shutouts (28 set by Ryan Burke from 2003-06). In his two seasons as a Cavalier, Restrepo has posted 23 shutouts (a school-record 16 last season and seven in 2010).
Offensively, sophomore Will Bates (Chester, Va.) leads UVa with six goals and three assists. Junior Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) is second on the team with five goals and two assists, followed by Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.) and Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.) with four goals apiece.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 4-2 victory over Alabama A&M on Monday (Oct. 11). Mikey Minutillo leads the Hokies with four goals, followed by Clarke Bentley (three goals, one assist), Robert Alberti (three goals, one assist) and David Clemens (three goals, one assist).
UVa leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 34-4-1, and won the regular-season contest 3-1 in Blacksburg, Va., in 2009.
Following Friday’s match, Virginia will travel to Boston College next Friday (Oct. 22). That match will begin at 7 p.m., in Chestnut Hill, Mass.