No. 7 Virginia Plays Host to No. 5 Notre Dame Sunday Afternoon
Sept. 19, 2014
|No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 7 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Sun., Sept. 21, 2014 | Noon|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃ¶ckner Stadium|
|Multimedia||TV: ESPNU | WatchESPN/ESPN3 ||
|Additional Information||Purchase Tickets | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia men’s soccer team plays host to reigning national champion Notre Dame at noon Sunday at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium in a big early-season matchup in the ACC. ESPNU will have the television broadcast.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff; one ticket is good for admission into all three matches Friday. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4. Free parking is available in the University Hall lots.
ESPNU will broadcast the game live, while ESPN3 and WatchESPN app will have the live stream of the broadcast. A link to live stats (GameTracker) also is available on VirginiaSports.com. The live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.
Virginia: 4-1-0 (1-0-0 ACC)
Notre Dame: 3-1-1 (1-0-0 ACC)
In the Polls
Virginia moved up to No. 7 in the latest NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer polls. The Cavaliers are No. 5 in the Soccer America rankings. Notre Dame is No. 5 in the NSCAA poll this week. The Fighting Irish are No. 2 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 4 according to Soccer America.
Virginia-Notre Dame Series
Virginia is 4-0-1 all-time against Notre Dame. The teams played two twice in 2013. UVa won the first match, 2-0, in South Bend, the Fighting Irish’s lone defeat during their national championship season. The teams also played to a 3-3 draw in the ACC semifinals, with UVa advancing following a penalty-kick shootout.
This is Notre Dame’s third trip to Charlottesville and its first since the 2006 NCAA Quarterfinals.
Playing It Close to the Vest
Virginia has played its share of close games this year – all of them, in fact. All five matches have been determined by one goal. Each game also has been tied at the half.
Defense at Heart of Solid Start
Virginia’s defense has been critical to the Cavaliers’ 4-1 start. UVa has conceded just two goals in five matches while recording a trio of clean sheets. The Cavaliers have yet to surrender a first-half goal this season. UVa also has not given up a score in three home matches this year.
Holding Serve at Home
Virginia has thrived on its home pitch at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium and is 21-5-3 at home since 2012. UVa is 3-0 this year at home and owns a 50-16-5 home record since 2009 when the Cavaliers captured the program’s sixth national championship.
Scouting Notre Dame
Reigning national champion Notre Dame is 3-1-1 this season following a 1-0 win at Syracuse last Saturday to open ACC play. Defender Brandon Aubrey’s 75th-minute goal was the difference against the Orange. The preseason favorite to win the ACC championship, Notre Dame returns nine starters from 2013.
Virginia takes on Davidson at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a non-conference tilt. The Cavaliers travel to No. 23 Syracuse next Saturday (Sept. 27) for a 7 p.m. ACC match with the Orange.