No. 3 Virginia Travels To No. 15 Boston College For Friday ACC Road Match
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The third-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team travels to Newton, Mass., for a Friday night Atlantic Coast Conference match at No. 15 Boston College. Live statistics will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (9-2-2, 2-2-1 ACC) sits in fourth place in the ACC standings heading into Friday night’s match. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 3 in the Oct. 19 Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25.
Boston College (7-2-4, 1-1-3 ACC) is in fifth place in the conference standings and ranked No. 15 by Soccer America and No. 20 by the NSCAA.
With four regular-season matches left on the schedule, Virginia is unbeaten in its last four contests. In its last outing vs. Virginia Tech on Oct. 15 at Klöckner Stadium, Virginia got a game-winning goal from junior Greg Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) to earn a 2-1 overtime victory over the Hokies.
For his efforts, Monaco was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week.
Offensively, forwards Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) and Will Bates (Chester, Va.) lead the team with six goals apiece, followed by Brian Span (Somers, N.Y.) and Jimmy Simpson (Warrenton, Va.) with four goals each.
Defensively, Virginia has allowed the least goals (seven) than any other team in the ACC and senior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) leads the league with a 0.52 goals-against average. That average ranks 11th nationally.
For the Eagles, Edvin Worley, Charlie Rugg and Conor Fitzpatrick have all scored five goals to lead the team’s offense. In goal for BC, Justin Luthy has allowed 12 goals and posted five shutouts.
Boston College is unbeaten at home this season with a 5-0-2 record at Newton Campus Soccer Field.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 4-3, and won the regular-season meeting, 2-0, last season in Charlottesville.
Following Friday night’s match at BC, Virginia returns to Klöckner Stadium for a Halloween weekend match-up against Maryland. The Cavaliers and Terrapins face off on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.