Cavaliers Welcome Radford at 7 p.m. Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team will take on Radford at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Klöckner Stadium in the first meeting between the programs since the 1993 season. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Reserved seats are $9, while general admission seats are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60 and over), youth (18 and under) and faculty/staff.
Tickets may be ordered online at VirginiaSports.com and also are available for purchase by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Advance ticket sales end three hours prior to the game. Tickets are available on game day at the Klöckner Stadium ticket windows, subject to availability, beginning one hour prior to the match.
After suffering close losses to Liberty (2-0) and No. 19 Charlotte (2-1 in OT) last week, Virginia will look to bounce back this week with a pair of games against teams with winning records. UVa has not lost three straight matches since the 2003 season.
Will Bates scored on a penalty kick last Friday against Charlotte, marking his team-leading fifth goal this season. All five goals have come in the last six games. He has scored Virginia’s last three goals, dating to the Sept. 4 game vs. Wisconsin. With three assists this year, Bates owns 13 points, which ranks third in the ACC. He ranks third in the conference in goals and sixth in assists.
UVa also benefited from the return of senior defender Greg Monaco on Friday. After missing five matches with an injury, Monaco returned to the Virginia starting lineup Friday against Charlotte. Monaco played all 91 minutes in the contest. The team co-captain has played in 50 games in his career and started all 45 games during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Virginia holds a 9-0-0 series lead over Radford. UVa and Radford played nine times from 1982-93, with the Cavaliers out-scoring the Highlanders by a combined 38-2 in those matches.
Radford will be playing for the first time in nine days since a 3-0 win over Stony Brook on Sept. 11 as RU won the High Point Tournament. The Highlanders own a 3-2-0 record, with one of the losses coming Sept. 4 at then-No. 4 Maryland (2-1). Brian Gwanzura leads the team with four goals on six shots on goal. Ryan Taylor has earned the bulk of the minutes in goal and owns a 0.71 GAA while recording a pair of shutouts.
Virginia (1-0 ACC) returns to ACC play at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to No. 5 North Carolina at Klöckner Stadium. The last six matches between the two teams each have been settled by just one goal.