Virginia Starts Homestand at 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Liberty
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team returns home to Klöckner Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Liberty in the start of a four-game homestand. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (4-1-0) has won four straight games, with the last three coming away from home, following a thrilling 1-0 win over Duke last Friday in the ACC opener in Durham, N.C. The victory marked UVa’s first win at Duke since the 2001 season.
UVa’s Brian Span scored in the second minute on an assist from Will Bates to provide the Cavaliers with all the scoring they would need against the Blue Devils. Goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita stopped an Andrew Wenger penalty kick in the 88th minute to keep the lead intact. LaCivita finished with four saves.
Bates leads the team and is tied for the conference lead with 11 points this season. He shares the ACC lead with Boston College’s Amit Aburmad and Maryland’s Patrick Mullins. Bates is third in the league in both goals (four) and assists (three).
LaCivita ranks third in the ACC with a 0.81 goals against average and has surrendered four goals in five matches. He also ranks third in the conference with a .810 save percentage.
As a team, Virginia ranks second in the ACC in goals (13) and third in goals allowed (4) this season.
Coming off a 2-1 double-overtime win over American, Liberty sports a 2-1 record entering play Tuesday. The Flames have won back-to-back matches, including a 3-1 victory over Longwood on Aug. 30. Darren Amoo leads Liberty with three goals, while Timothy Bullock has a goal and an assist for three points.
Virginia holds an 18-0-1 series lead against Liberty. The teams met last season, with the Cavaliers scoring a 2-1 win on Oct. 5, 2010, at Klöckner Stadium. UVa forged ahead in the 81st minute on an Ari Dimas penalty kick.
Virginia continues its homestand at 7 p.m. Friday against nationally ranked Charlotte. A live webcast of the game will be available at VirginiaSports.com and is part of the “Cavaliers Live” audio and video streaming package. This package includes three men’s soccer games – Sept. 16 vs. Charlotte, Sept. 23 vs. North Carolina and Nov. 3 vs. NC State. Several subscription packages are available. The annual audio and video pass is $79.95 while an annual audio pass is $44.95. A four-month audio and video pass is $29.95 and a monthly audio and video pass is $9.95.