No. 17 Virginia Opens ACC Play Saturday at No. 21 Wake Forest
Sept. 9, 2016
|No. 17 Virginia at No. 21 Wake Forest
|Sat., Sept. 10, 2016 | 7 p.m.
|Winston-Salem, N.C. | Spry Stadium
|ACC Network Extra (Live Video) |
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” The No. 17 Virginia men’s soccer team kicks off its eight-match ACC schedule at 7 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 10) when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on No. 21 Wake Forest at Spry Stadium.
The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. A links 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.
Wake Forest 3-1-0
Virginia-Wake Forest Series
Virginia is 36-11-7 all-time against Wake Forest, although the Demon Deacons have won five straight regular-season matches against the Cavaliers. UVA’s last win against Wake Forest came on Nov. 6, 2013, in Winston-Salem in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on a Todd Wharton penalty kick in overtime. Virginia scored a 1-0 win over Wake on Sept. 18, 2009, in Charlottesville for its last regular-season triumph over the Deacs.
Cavaliers Showcase Depth
Virginia has shown it features a deep roster in its first three matches, playing 21 men in the season-opening win against Coastal Carolina, 19 in the 1-1 draw against Xavier and 18 on Monday in the victory at JMU. Defenders Robin Afamefuna and Sergi Nus and goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell have not stepped off the field yet this season. Virginia features a new-look roster this year with 13 newcomers to the program.
Opoku Headlines Offensive Attack
Forward Edward Opoku has highlighted the UVA offense in the season’s early stages, leading the team with a pair of goals as well as an assist. He has taken a team-high 11 shots. Opoku already has matched his goal total from a season ago.
Gelnovatch In 21st Season as Head Coach
UVA head coach George Gelnovatch is in his 21st season as the Cavaliers’ head coach as well as his 28th year on the coaching staff. He owns a 286-177-45 career record as head coach and needs nine wins to match Bruce Arena as the winningest coach in program history. His 21-year tenure is tied for the sixth longest in ACC men’s soccer history.
Noting Wake Forest
Ranked No. 5 nationally in the preseason, the Demon Deacons have won three straight matches to bounce back from a season-opening defeat to Saint Louis. Wake boasts a potent offense and has out-shot its opponents, 85-26, this year.
UVA returns home at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium next week for a pair of matches, taking on VCU Wednesday (Sept. 14) and No. 2 Clemson Saturday (Sept. 17). Both contests start at 7 p.m.