No. 10 Virginia Travels to Clemson Friday Evening
Oct. 16, 2014
|No. 10 Virginia at Clemson|
|Date/Time||Fri., Oct. 17, 2014 | 6 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃ¶ckner Stadium|
|Multimedia||TV: RSN – Affiliates | ESPN3 (subject to blackout) | Live Statistics|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 10th-ranked Virginia men’s soccer team visits Clemson at 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 17) for a key ACC match at Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C. Winners of four straight matches, the Cavaliers are tied with Notre Dame atop the ACC Coastal Division standings and are just a point ahead of Clemson in the overall standings heading into weekend play.
The ACC’s Regional Sports Networks will televise the game, with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus providing the coverage in the Charlottesville area. The match also will be streamed online via ESPN3 (subject to blackout). A link to live stats is available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia: 8-3-1 (ACC: 3-1-1/10 points)
Clemson: 6-6-0 (ACC: 3-2-0/9 points)
In the Polls
Virginia is No. 10 in the latest NSCAA poll, No. 12 in the Soccer America rankings and No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. Clemson is not ranked.
Virginia owns a 27-23-5 edge in its all-time series with Clemson which dates to 1968. Clemson has defeated UVa by 2-0 counts each of the last two seasons. The road team has won five of the last six matches in the series. UVa has recorded wins in four of its last six trips to Riggs Field.
Noting the Cavaliers
Virginia has outscored its opponents 14-7 this season, giving up the second-fewest goals in the ACC. UVa is 10th in the conference in goals scored. UVa goalkeeper Calle Brown (R-Sr., Leesburg, Va.) ranks fourth nationally in save percentage (.894) and seventh in goals against average (0.48).
Defense Remains Stout
Virginia has recorded clean sheets in its last three matches and has not conceded a goal in its last 350 minutes of game action. UVa last allowed a goal in the 16th minute of its Sept. 30 match against James Madison; the Cavaliers rallied to win that match, starting the current four-match win streak.
Virginia Moves to No. 12 in RPI
UVa climbed to No. 7 in the NCAA’s latest RPI figures. Three Cavalier opponents rank in the top 12 – Syracuse (4), Notre Dame (6) and Davidson (12). Six of Virginia’s 12 foes to date are among the top 50, while all but one are in the top 100, including all seven non-conference opponents. Clemson is No. 31 in the newest RPI.
Cavaliers in Close Matches
Virginia has played its share of close games this year. Eleven of UVa’s 12 matches have been determined by one goal or fewer. Seven of the 12 have been tied at the half.
Clemson’s Tuesday match with No. 25 Coastal Carolina was postponed because of inclement weather, giving the Tigers some extra rest heading into the UVa game. T.J. Casner and Thales Moreno lead the team with three goals each, and Casner also is tied for the team lead with four assists. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 21-13 on the season; Clemson is tied for fourth in the ACC in goals scored this year.
Virginia returns home next for its final two regular-season home matches, taking on Radford Tuesday and Wake Forest Friday. UVa will hold Senior Day ceremonies prior to the start of the Wake Forest match.