No. 22 Virginia Plays Host to UNC Wilmington Sunday in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 22, 2014
|NCAA Tournament Second Round: UNC Wilmington at No. 22 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃ¶ckner Stadium|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team begins NCAA tournament play at 1 p.m. Sunday when it entertains UNC Wilmington in a second-round match at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium. The No. 16 seed in the field, Virginia is making its 34th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, the longest active streak in Division I men’s soccer.
The advancing team moves on to face either top-seeded Notre Dame or Ohio State next Sunday (Nov. 30) in the third round.
UNC Wilmington: 13-4-2
Tickets are $9 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth/student/senior citizen general admission. Fans can order tickets online at VirginiaSports.com and by phone through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (8821). Tickets are also available at the KlÃ¶ckner Stadium box office beginning at noon Sunday. Gates will open at noon. Separate tickets will be required for the men’s and women’s games on Sunday.
Parking is $5 and will be available in the University Hall and McCue Center lots. Free parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
Virginia and UNC Wilmington have met just once previously, a 4-0 UVa win on Sept. 1, 1983, at Scott Stadium. Interestingly, that match marked the first college game as a player for current UVa head coach George Gelnovatch; he scored two goals in the victory.
Virginia Extends Streak in NCAA Championship Virginia is playing in its 34th-consecutive NCAA tournament, dating to 1981 – the longest active streak in Division I men’s soccer. Virginia has an all-time record of 56-29-4 in the NCAA tournament, including a 44-18-2 mark at home. UVa has hosted at least one game in each of the 34 years during the current streak.
Virginia vs. 2014 NCAA Field
The Cavaliers has played a rigorous schedule in 2014, with 11 of UVa’s 19 foes reaching the NCAA tournament (including UNCW). UVa is 3-5-2 against those teams.
Three Cavaliers Earn All-ACC Honors
Virginia’s Eric Bird, Todd Wharton and Jake Rozhansky each earned postseason ACC honors. Bird was a first-team All-ACC honoree, while Wharton was named to the third team. Rozhansky was voted to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Holding Serve at Home
Virginia has thrived on its home pitch at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium and is 25-7-4 at home since 2012. UVa is 7-2-1 this year at home and owns a 54-18-6 home record since 2009 when the Cavaliers captured the program’s sixth national championship.
Virginia No. 13 in Latest RPI
UVa finished No. 13 in the NCAA’s final RPI figures. Twelve of Virginia’s 17 foes (including UNCW) are ranked among the top 40. UNCW was No. 26 in the latest RPI.
UNCW bounced Bucknell from the tournament with a 2-0 win on Thursday night in Wilmington, N.C. It marked UNCW’s first-ever NCAA tournament victory. The Seahawks limited Bucknell to just three shots, including one on goal. Jamie Dell leads UNCW with 10 goals on the year, while Colin Bonner and Mateo Cardona each have scored four goals.