No. 19 Virginia Travels to Pitt for Saturday Night Match
Oct. 3, 2014
|No. 19 Virginia at Pittsburgh|
|Date/Time||Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pa. | Ambrose Urbanic Field|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 19th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team makes its first-ever visit to Pittsburgh Saturday night as it takes on the Pitt Panthers in ACC play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
ESPN3 will provide a live video broadcast. A link to live stats (GameTracker) is available on VirginiaSports.com. The live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.
Virginia: 5-3-1 (ACC: 1-1-1/4 points)
Pitt: 3-3-3 (ACC: 0-2-1/1 point)
In the Polls
Virginia is No. 19 in the latest NSCAA poll, No. 20 in the Soccer America rankings and No. 11 in the Top Drawer soccer poll. Pitt is not ranked.
Virginia is 3-0 all-time against Pitt. UVa topped the Panthers 5-0 last season at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium in the teams’ first ACC clash. The Cavaliers outscored Pitt 10-0 in their previous meetings.
UVa-Pitt Matches (all in Charlottesville)
Oct. 4, 2013 – Virginia 5, Pitt 0
Nov. 5, 2002 – No. 11 Virginia 2, Pitt 0
Sept. 5, 1982 – Virginia 3, Pitt 0
Cavaliers Challenged by Strong Schedule
Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch annually challenges his squad with a tough schedule, and 2014 is a case in point. UVa boasts the nation’s fourth toughest schedule this season (by win percentage). Virginia’s opponents own a combined 46-24-9 record (.639 win percentage); eight of the nine UVa foes currently have records at or above .500.
Cavaliers in Close Matches
Virginia has played its share of close games this year – all of them, in fact. All nine UVa matches have been determined by one goal or fewer. Six of the nine have been tied at the half.
Busy Stretch Underway for Hoos
Virginia is in the midst of the busiest portion of its 2014 schedule. Beginning with the Sept. 21 game against Notre Dame, UVa will play seven matches in 21 days. The Pitt match is the fifth game in that stretch. After its October 11 home match against Duke, UVa gets a six-day break prior an ACC match at Clemson; the Cavaliers have just one midweek match after that point.
Cavaliers Rally to Top JMU in OT, 2-1
Darius Madison scored the equalizer in the 89th minute and the golden golden in the 97th minute as UVa rallied for a 2-1 win over James Madison Tuesday in Charlottesville. It marked Madison’s first two goals of the year and his second career two-goal game (Notre Dame, 10/26/13).
Virginia out-shot JMU 12-11, including a 3-0 margin in overtime. Calle Brown made six saves in goal, including five in the second half, for the Cavaliers.
Pitt is unbeaten (1-0-3) at home this season. The Panthers are coming off a 2-0 Tuesday win at Robert Morris. Dan Prete, who scored the winning goal Tuesday, leads the team with three goals this season.
The Cavaliers’ tough schedule continues Tuesday as UVa travels to unbeaten and 20th-ranked George Mason for a 7 p.m. match. UVa returns home Saturday, Oct. 11 to play Duke. The Duke contest is Scarf Night: the first 3,000 fans will receive a free Virginia Soccer scarf.