Virginia Plays at Georgetown Saturday in NCAA Quarterfinals
Dec. 4, 2014
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals: Virginia at Georgetown|
|Date/Time||Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Shaw Field|
|Multimedia||Live Video (Free) ||
|Additional Information||Tournament Brackets | Game Notes | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team travels to No. 8 seed Georgetown Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 NCAA Championship with a berth in the College Cup on the line. Game time is slated for a 1 p.m. at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C. The No. 16-seeded Cavaliers are looking for their second straight road win over a seeded opponent after topping top-seeded Notre Dame last Sunday.
The advancing team moves on to play either 12th-seeded Creighton or unseeded UMBC next Friday (Dec. 12) in the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup in Cary, N.C.
Georgetown will provide a live video broadcast; a link to the free broadcast is available on VirginiaSport.com. A link to live statistics (GameTracker) will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia holds an 8-2-1 series edge against Georgetown. The teams played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 23 in a friendly in Charlottesville.
UVa is playing at Georgetown for the first time since Oct. 8, 1997, a 1-0 Cavaliers’ triumph. The teams last met in the regular season on Aug. 24, 2012, a 2-1 Hoyas victory in overtime on a UVa own goal. This marks the programs’ second meeting in the NCAA tournament. UVa earned a 5-1 win on Nov. 30, 1997, in a second-round 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 58-29-4 in the NCAA tournament.
UVa in the Quarterfinals
Virginia has reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the 19th time, including the second straight year. This marks the Cavaliers’ ninth trip to the quarters in George Gelnovatch’s 19 seasons as head coach.
Rare Tournament Road Game for Cavaliers
This marks just the 11th true road match in the NCAA tournament in program history; UVa is 3-7-0 in those contests. With its win last Sunday at Notre Dame, Virginia snapped a streak of three straight defeats in road NCAA tournament matches.
UVa’s other wins in true road games in the NCAA tournament came on Nov. 26, 2003 (2-0 at Wake Forest in second round) and Dec. 2, 1989 (3-0 at Rutgers in NCAA semifinals).
Virginia vs. 2014 NCAA Field
The Cavaliers have played a rigorous schedule in 2014, with 12 of UVa’s 20 foes reaching the NCAA tournament (including three matches vs. Notre Dame). UVa is 5-5-2 against those teams.
Homecoming for Cavaliers from DMV
Eleven Cavaliers hail from the DMV area around the nation’s capital; six are projected starters: Calle Brown (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County), Nicko Corriveau (Potomac, Md./Gonzaga), Jake Rozhansky (Takoma Park, Md./Montgomery Blair), Kyler and Sheldon Sullivan (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) and Ryan Zinkhan (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend).
Five other Cavaliers are natives of the area: Julian Cummings (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford), Patrick Foss (South Riding, Va.), Steven Gandy (Fairfax, Va./Patriot), Marcus Salandy-Defour (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Wesley Suggs (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic).
UVa’s Schedule Ranks 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 toughest schedule this season (by win percentage); Georgetown ranks sixth. Virginia’s opponents own a combined 177-94-46 record (.631 win pct.); 14 of the 17 UVa foes currently have records at or above .500. UVa played the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule in 2013.
The Hoyas have won a pair of matches in extra time in the tournament, downing Old Dominion 2-1 in double overtime in the second round before scoring a 3-2 overtime win over Syracuse in the third round. Sophomore defender Joshua Yaro anchors the back line and is a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Much like UVa, Georgetown is used to playing in tight matches – 16 of GU’s matches have been determined by one goal or a draw (UVa also has played 16 such games). The Hoyas have recorded 10 shutouts this season.
Last Time Out: Virginia 1, Notre Dame 0
Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win at top-seeded Notre Dame last Sunday. Nicko Corriveau scored in the 82nd minute, while UVa recorded its ninth clean sheet of the season. Notre Dame out-shot Virginia, 11-8, while both teams had two shots on goal.