Virginia Travels to Notre Dame Sunday for ACC Quarterfinals
Nov. 8, 2014
|ACC Tournament Quarterfinals: No. 15 Virginia at No. 4 Notre Dame|
|Date/Time||Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Notre Dame, Ind. | Alumni Stadium|
|Multimedia||ESPN3/Watch ESPN ||
|Additional Information||ACC Championship Home Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The eighth-seeded Virginia men’s soccer team plays in the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Soccer Championship Sunday (Nov. 9) when it travels to top-seeded Notre Dame. The 1 p.m. match will be played at Alumni Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The advancing team will face either Clemson or Wake Forest next Friday in Cary, N.C.
Broadcast Information ESPN3 will have the live online broadcast. Links to the ESPN3 broadcast as well as live statistics (GameTracker) will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia: 10-5-2 (ACC: 3-3-2/11 points)
Notre Dame: 10-4-3 (ACC: 6-1-1/19 points)
In the Polls
Virginia is No. 15 in the latest NSCAA poll, No. 16 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 25 in the Soccer America poll. Notre Dame is No. 4 in the NSCAA rankings, No. 7 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 13 in the Soccer America rankings.
Virginia in the ACC Soccer Championship
Virginia has an all-time record of 39-15-10 in the ACC Championship. UVa has won 10 tournament titles (1988, 1991-95, 1997, 2003-04, 2009) and 15 championships overall. The Cavaliers have reached the semifinals each of the last six years and in 25 of the tournament’s 27 years.
Virginia-Notre Dame Series
Virginia is 4-0-2 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 1-0-2 mark since the Fighting Irish joined the ACC in 2013. This marks the programs’ third all-time meeting in postseason play (2006, 2013).
The teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 21 in Charlottesville, despite UVa playing a man down for the final 45 minutes.
Virginia has played just once previously in South Bend, a 2-0 win in 2013 that marked the Fighting Irish’s lone defeat during their national championship season.
Sept. 21: Virginia 1, Notre Dame 1 (2OT)
UVa and Notre Dame played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 21 on a hot, humid afternoon in Charlottesville. The Fighting Irish scored in the 65th minute on a Patrick Hodan penalty kick, but UVa (a man down) responded in the 68th minute on an Eric Bird goal.
UVa played with 10 men for the final 25 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of extra time after center back Wesley Suggs was shown a red card for his tackle on Hodan deep in the box. The Fighting Irish out-shot UVa 16-11, including 7-0 in extra time.
Virginia Up to No. 9 in Latest RPI
UVa stands at No. 9 in the NCAA’s latest RPI figures. Eleven of Virginia’s 16 foes are ranked among the top 40. Notre Dame is No. 4 in the latest RPI.
Cavaliers’ Schedule Ranks Second-Toughest Nationally
Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch annually challenges his squad with a tough schedule – 2014 is a case in point. UVa boasts the nation’s second-toughest schedule this season (by win pct); UCLA’s schedule is ranked toughest. Virginia’s opponents own a combined 142-78-31 record (.627 win pct.); 14 of the 16 UVa foes currently have records at or above .500. UVa played the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule in 2013.
Scouting Notre Dame
Notre Dame is 6-1-1 at home this season. Hodan leads the team with eight goals on 55 shots – both totals rank second in the ACC. Notre Dame’s offense has come alive of late; the Fighting Irish scored 14 goals in its final four ACC regular-season games.