CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 22 Virginia (3-0-2, 0-0-1 ACC) will travel to Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 ACC) for a road Atlantic Coast Conference match on Friday (Sept. 21). The contest will air live on ACC Network Extra at 5 p.m.
Game Coverage: ACC Network Extra is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. will be available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates on the match’s live stats feed on VirginiaSports.com and on the men’s soccer official twitter feed (@UVAMenSoccer).
• The Cavaliers are one of 14 teams in the country that are still unbeaten and one of two teams in the ACC without a loss.
• Syracuse brings in the country’s 17th-ranked offense, averaging 2.2 goals per game while Virginia is the nation’s third-best defense having allowed one goal in five games this season.
• Virginia will play two of their four true road games in 2018 in seven days beginning with Syracuse on Friday (Sept. 21) and Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
• Both teams were washed out of ACC action last week by Hurricane Florence. Virginia was scheduled to play No. 8 Notre Dame in Charlottesville while Syracuse was unable to travel to Clemson.
SERIES AT A GLANCE
• Syracuse and Virginia will meet for the fourth time ever, all have come after the Orange joined the ACC prior to the 2013 season.
• The all-time series is tied at 1-1-1 and includes a 2-2 draw in Charlottesville last season.
• Two of the three previous meetings have been in Syracuse, Virginia is 1-1 on the road against the Orange.
• Last season marked the first meeting at Klöckner Stadium. The two teams combined for three second-half goals including the equalizer by Syracuse’s Jonathan Hagman in the 83rd minute.
• Virginia has yielded only one goal through five games this season. Its goals against average (0.18) is the third lowest in the country.
• The Cavaliers have produced back-to-back shutouts and have not conceded a goal in 289-straight minutes.
• Two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week Colin Shutler leads the ACC in goals against average (0.18), shutouts (4) and save percentage (.950)
• Freshman Cabrel Happi Kamseu has scored a goal in each of the last two game for the Cavaliers. His two goals are tops on the team.
• Happi Kamseu is the first UVA freshman to score in back-to-back games since Riggs Lennon scored in back-to-back games against Providence and Syracuse in 2013.
• The native of Zimbabwe has started in four of the last five matches and played all 90 minutes against FIU on Tuesday.
• Virginia is averaging 7.8 corner kicks per game, the fourth most in the country.
• Both Cavalier goals against FIU on Tuesday came off corner services by sophomore Joe Bell.
• In the 1-1 draw against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7, the Cavaliers attempted 12 corner kicks, the most in a single game since attempting 14 against Louisville on Nov. 6, 2016.
• Friday night’s match will be the first for the Orange since, Sept. 10, a 2-0 win at Cornell.
• Syracuse started the year with a pair of games in Oregon, including a season-opening 2-1 win at Oregon State on Aug. 24. The Beavers are led by former UVA assistant, Terry Boss.
• Despite scoring over two goals a game, the Orange have allowed nine, just under two goals a game. Hofstra and Notre Dame each found the back of the net three times.
• Syracuse is seeking its first ACC win since Oct. 14, 2016, a 1-0 win over Virginia Tech. The Orange went 0-6-2 in ACC play last season.
• Tajon Buchanan, a third-team All-ACC selection a year ago, leads the team with three goals and two assists. He netted two goals and assisted on another in a 4-3 win over Hofstra on Sept. 2.