Nov. 18, 2017
|No. 8 Virginia vs Fordham|
|Live Video||ACC Network Extra/ESPN3|
|Game Notes||Virginia | Fordham|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After a first-round bye, No. 8 Virginia (12-3-5) will be home on Sunday night (Nov. 19) to take on Fordham (13-5-2) in the Second Round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The game has a scheduled start time of 5 p.m. and will air live on ACC Network Extra.
Coverage: ACC Network Extra available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Live Stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates on the men’s soccer official twitter feed (@UVAMenSoccer).
Tickets for the game are $10 for reserved seats, $8 for adult general admission and $5 for youth/students of participating schools with valid ID/senior citizen general admission. Fans can order tickets for the tournament 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 gate beginning one hour prior to the start of play.
Paid parking will be available in the John Paul Jones Arena surface lots and garage, the McCue lot, and the University Hall and Cage lots AFTER 2 p.m. for $5. Free public parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
- Virginia will make its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance and has been in the field for the last 37 consecutive years, the longest active run in NCAA Division I soccer.
- Fordham advanced to the Second Round after a 3-2 overtime win at home over St. Francis-Brooklyn on Thursday night (Nov. 16).
- The Cavaliers are the No. 11 overall seed, its highest since being the eighth seed in the 2013 tournament. Virginia has earned a first-round bye in back-to-back seasons.
- The winner of Sunday’s match at Klöckner Stadium will move on to face the winner of FIU and No. 6 seed Duke (6 p.m. – Durham, N.C.). The third-round match would take place at the highest remaining seed.
- Fordham and Virginia will meet for the first time. The Cavaliers are 61-15-7 all-time against current Atlantic 10 schools. The last match against an A10 program was a 3-0 win over VCU in 2016.
Virginia in the NCAA Tournament
- The Cavaliers are 62-31-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 47-18-2 at Klöckner Stadium.
- Since 2006, only Wake Forest (5) and North Carolina (5) have more College Cup appearances than Virginia (4). Stanford and Virginia are the only two programs with multiple national championships in that span.
- In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Virginia advanced past Vermont, 2-1 on Pablo Aguilar‘s double overtime golden goal in the Second Round. The Cavaliers fell to eventual national champion, Stanford, 1-0 on the road in the Third Round.
- Virginia has advanced to the Third Round in three of the last five seasons and is 21-10-1 all-time in the Second Round.
ACC Tournament Recap
- Virginia played No. 1 Wake Forest to a 0-0 draw in Charleston, S.C. last Sunday (Nov. 12) but fell 4-3 in penalty kicks.
- The trip to the finals for Virginia was the 19th in program history.
- The Cavaliers outscored four opponents in the ACC Tournament, 6-1 and managed two shutouts.
- Goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, Pablo Aguilar and Jean-Christophe Koffi were each named to the ACC All-Tournament team for the first time
- Aguilar scored twice against Boston College in the quarterfinal and assisted on the game-opening goal by Robin Afamefuna in the 2-1 semifinal win against Notre Dame.
Inside the Numbers
- Virginia matched a program record with its 10th overtime game of the season in last Sunday’s draw against Wake Forest. The 2009 Cavaliers played in 10 extra time contests en route to the program’s sixth national championship.
- In overtime games, the Cavaliers boast a 4-1-5 record. The four OT victories also match a school mark accomplished in 2009 & 2013.
- Fordham (22nd) and Virginia (23rd) are ranked in the top-25 in the country in goals against average at .778 and .787 respectively.
Home Sweet Home
- The Cavaliers will play in their 15th home game of the season on Sunday evening, the most since 2009 when they went 12-2-1. Virginia is 11-2-1 at its home pitch in 2017.
- Virginia has hosted an NCAA Tournament game every year since 1981.
- Since its opening in 1992, Virginia is 36-11-2 (.755) at Klöckner Stadium in the NCAA Tournament.
Last Line of Defense
- Cavalier goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell had his best four-game stretch of the season in the ACC Tournament, surrendering just one goal in 400 minutes of soccer.
- In penalty kick shootouts vs. Louisville and Wake Forest, the senior made two saves, including the first two attempts against the Demon Deacons in the title game.
- Caldwell has played the ninth most minutes of any goalkeeper in the country (1,932) and all but 12 for the Cavaliers this season.
- With a 30 more minutes, Caldwell will be the fifth UVA goalkeeper to log 2,000 minutes in a season.
- Expected to make his 61st career start, Caldwell will move into sole possession of third place on UVA’s all-time career games played list on Sunday night. He currently ranks in the top-5 in UVA history in career saves (5th – 188), career shutouts (T-3rd – 23) and career minutes played (3rd – 5,725)
- Joergen Oland scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute on Thursday night against St. Francis-Brooklyn to propel the Rams into Second Round for the first time in school history. Fordham trailed twice in the match and forced overtime with a game-tying tally by Matthew Lewis in the 81st minute.
- The victory on Thursday was Fordham’s first ever in the NCAA Tournament and its 13th of the season, tying a school-record set in 1985.
- The Rams bowed out in the semifinals of the A10 tournament with a 1-0 loss to eventual A10 Tournament Champion, Massachusetts.
- Earning an at-large bid to the tournament, Fordham is one of three A10 teams to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
- Fordham goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu has posted 10 shutouts in 2017, the sixth most in the country. He’s played every minute in goal for the Rams this season and leads the A10 with a .78 goals against average.
- Lewis was named the A10 Defensive Player of the Year, playing all but two minutes on the A10’s top defensive unit. He also contributed on offense with six points (1g, 4a).
- Brothers Jannik and Janos Loebe lead the Rams in scoring with seven goals apiece. The duo earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second-straight season.
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