Virginia Takes on Top-Seeded Notre Dame Sunday in NCAA Third Round
Nov. 29, 2014
|NCAA Tournament Third Round: Virginia at Notre Dame|
|Date/Time||Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Notre Dame, Ind. | Alumni Stadium|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team plays in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Championship Sunday (Nov. 30) when it treks to top-seeded Notre Dame for the teams’ third match this season. Game time is 7 p.m. at Alumni Stadium. The Cavaliers are the No. 16 team in the tournament field.
The advancing team moves on to face either eighth-seeded Georgetown or ninth-seeded Syracuse next weekend in the quarterfinals with a berth in the NCAA College Cup on the line.
Notre Dame: 12-4-4
ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app will provide the live video broadcast. A link to live statistics (GameTracker) will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Oh, It’s You Again
ACC foes for just two seasons, Virginia and Notre Dame already are developing quite the rivalry. Virginia is 4-1-2 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 1-1-2 mark since the Fighting Irish joined the ACC in 2013. This marks the programs’ second meeting in the NCAA Tournament. UVa scored a 3-2 win over the Fighting Irish on Nov. 24, 2006, in a quarterfinal match in Charlottesville.
Virginia Extends Streak in NCAA Soccer 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 57-29-4 in the NCAA tournament. UVa has hosted at least one game in each of the 34 years during the current streak.
Rare Tournament Road Game For Cavaliers
This marks just the 10th true road match in the NCAA tournament in program history; UVa is 2-7-0 in those contests. Virginia has lost its last three road NCAA tournament matches. UVa’s last win in a true road game in the NCAA tournament came on Nov. 26, 2003, 2-0 at Wake Forest. The other came on Dec. 2, 1989, against Rutgers in the NCAA semifinals.
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 4-5-2 against those teams.
Scouting Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish outlasted Ohio State, 2-1, last Sunday in a second-round home match that was played in a driving rainstorm. ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Hodan leads the team with nine goals, including two against UVa this season. Notre Dame, 8-2-1 at home this season, has outscored its foes 35-17 in 2014.
Last Time Out: Virginia 3, UNCW 1
Virginia opened the NCAA tournament with a 3-1 home win over UNC Wilmington last Sunday in the second round. After conceding in the 20th minute, Virginia came back with goals from Sam Hayward (44′), Jake Rozhansky (62′) and Kyle McCord (74′). Scott Thomsen assisted on each of the Cavaliers’ first two scores.
Virginia out-shot UNCW, 12-10, including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. The game featured 32 fouls – 19 on UNCW and 13 against UVa – while the sides combined for five cautions, all of which came in the second half.
Virginia Produces Late in Matches
Virginia has done the vast majority of its scoring late in matches. Seventeen of UVa’s 24 goals this season (70.8 percent) have come during the final 30 minutes of regulation and in extra time. UVa has scored four times in the first half this year.