No. 12 UVA Plays Host to Xavier Friday Night
Sept. 1, 2016
|Xavier at No. 12 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Fri., Sept. 2, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium|
|Additional Info||Tickets | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” The No. 12 Virginia men’s soccer team takes on Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 2) at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium. The match is the nightcap of a doubleheader with the UVA women’s team, which plays Oklahoma at 5 p.m. One ticket gains admission to both matches.
A link to live statistics (GameTracker) can be located at VirginiaSports.com. In-game updates also will be provided on the UVA Men’s Soccer Twitter account, @UVAMenSoccer.
Post-game autographs – Immediately following the match, the team will sign autographs for approximately 10 minutes by the south end of KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium.
Virginia and Xavier have played only once previously, a 1-1 draw on Sept. 14, 2012, at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium.
UVA Opens Season with Win over Coastal Carolina
Paddy Foss and Edward Opoku each scored as UVA started the season with a 2-1 win over then-No. 21 Coastal Carolina last Friday. Coastal Carolina played a man down for the final 62:30 after standout forward Frantzdy Pierrot was sent off with a straight red card. UVA out-shot Coastal 16-10 and put six shots on goal to four for the Chanticleers.
Cavaliers Benefit from Deep Roster
Virginia used 21 players in its season opener on a hot, humid evening against Coastal Carolina. Each of the 21 played at least nine minutes, while only three played the full 90 (GK Jeff Caldwell and defenders Sergi Nus and Robin Afamefuna). It marked the most players UVA has used in a match since 22 Cavaliers saw action against Pitt on Oct. 4, 2013.
Newcomers Make Big Impact
UVA has 13 newcomers to the program this year, and they made their presence known in the season opener. Nine newcomers played against Coastal Carolina, with six earning spots in the starting lineup. UVA’s backline of defenders was completely comprised of newcomers ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Robin Afamefuna, Sergi Nus and Victor Falck.
Members of the Big East Conference, Xavier is 1-1 this year after downing Evansville (3-1) at home and falling at UAB (2-0) last weekend. Xavier has reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six seasons and returns eight starters from its 2015 side. The Musketeers finished 2015 with a 12-6-1 record, including road wins over the then-No. 1 (Creighton) and No. 2 (Notre Dame) ranked teams in the nation.