No. 5 Virginia Tangles With No. 3 Terps Friday Night at Klockner Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 5 Virginia men’s soccer team faces its sixth nationally ranked opponent of the season when No. 3 Maryland visits Klöckner Stadium on Friday night (Oct. 29). Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (9-2-3, 2-2-2 ACC) is unbeaten in its last five matches (3-0-2) and most recently played No. 15 Boston College to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on the road on Oct. 22. With three regular-season matches left, two of which are ACC contests, UVa is in fourth place in the league standings with eight points. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and No. 11 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Maryland (11-2-1, 5-1-1 ACC) has won seven-consecutive matches and is coming off a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest on Oct. 23 in College Park, Md. The Terrapins are ranked No. 3 in both national polls and are in second place in the conference standings with 16 points.
For the Cavaliers, Brian Ownby (Glen Allen, Va.) continued his offensive efficiency in UVa’s contest at Boston College, scoring his fifth goal in five games vs. the Eagles. For the season, Ownby has tallied a team-high seven goals to go with two assists.
Ten different Cavaliers have scored goals for UVa and as a team the ‘Hoos are out-scoring their opponents, 31-8.
By comparison, Maryland has scored 39 goals and given up 11. Matt Kassel leads the Terps with six goals and eight assists.
Defensively for Virginia, senior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has made all 14 starts and has allowed eight goals. His goals-against average of 0.54 leads the ACC and he has posted seven shutouts.
In goal for Maryland, Zac MacMath has surrendered all 11 of the Terrapins’ goals for a goals-against average of 0.77. MacMath has eight shutouts on the season.
In the all-time series with Maryland, Virginia trails 28-35-8 but has won two-consecutive contests against the Terrapins. The last time the two teams met was for the right to go to the 2009 NCAA College Cup on Dec. 4 at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia ousted the then-reigning National Champion Terrapins, 3-0, en route to its sixth NCAA Championship.
Following Friday’s match, Virginia will host its final regular-season home contest of the season against Campbell on Nov. 2. The senior class will be honored prior to a 7 p.m. kick-off.