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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 7 Virginia (2-0) returns home to face High Point (1-1) on Saturday night (Sept. 7) at Klöckner Stadium. The game will air on ACCNX and has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.
Game Coverage: Saturday night’s game will air live on ACCNX which streams via the ESPN App and is available through participating TV providers that carry ACC Network. Links for the live stream and in-game live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow the Virginia men’s soccer official twitter account (@UVAMenSoccer) for in-game updates.
ACC Network Information: https://virginiasports.com/sports/2019/8/28/acc-network.aspx
For all regular season home games, reserved single-game tickets can be purchased for $8 online and in advance, and $10 at the box office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 online and in advance, and $8 at the box office on game day.
Soccer season tickets are only available for delivery either as mobile or print-at-home, however upon request and in person only including at the game day ticket office an option for point-of-sale paper stock printing is available for $10 per account. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of discounted single game pricing by purchasing tickets in advance and using mobile ticketing options or printing their tickets at home.
The first 500 fans who purchased season tickets will receive confirmation by email and can pick up their free Virginia Soccer scarf at any of the first three home matches.
• Virginia is looking to go 3-0 to open the season for the fourth time in George Gelnovatch’s tenure and first time since 2017.
• Going into the weekend, the Cavaliers are one of 22 teams yet to surrender a goal this season.
• Virginia and High Point will meet for the first time since 2012, a 2-1 Virginia victory at Klöckner Stadium. The two schools had previously met four times in the 1940s that included three Panther wins and a draw.
• Since last season, Virginia is 8-0-1 against non-conference opponents.
• Klöckner Stadium has been the home of Virginia soccer for the past 27 seasons.
• Virginia has won over 80 percent of its matches at home since 1992, posting a 285-58-27 record at the facility.
DOWN GOES NO. 1!
• In the second-annual “Battle for the DMV” played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on Monday night (Sept. 2), Virginia knocked off the defending National Champion and No. 1 Team Maryland with a 2-0 victory.
• Virginia used first half goals by Nathaniel Crofts and Daryl Dike that were just one minute and 15 seconds apart beginning in the 21st minute.
• The goal by Crofts was the first scored on the Terps in 611 minutes dating back to last season. The win for Virginia ended a six-game winless streak against Maryland.
• It marked the second-straight season Virginia has faced the No. 1 team in the country.
• Under head coach George Gelnovatch the Cavaliers improved to 5-3-4 against top-ranked teams.
MOVING ON UP
• Virginia moved up five spots in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The Cavaliers are one of three ACC teams in the Top-10. A total of seven ACC Teams are ranked inside the Top-20
10. Virginia Tech
11. Notre Dame
20. North Carolina
• Virginia dropped a spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll to No. 16 while moving up to No. 12 in the College Soccer News Top-25. Both polls came out Monday morning and did not include Virginia’s win over then No. 1 Maryland.
ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• For his two-goal performance in the season-opener against Pacific, junior Irakoze Donasiyano was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week.
• Donasiyano scored in the 44th minute of last Friday’s season opener and again in the 48th minute. He became the first Cavalier to tally two goals on opening night since Tony Tchani scored twice against Portland in the first game of the 2009 season.
• The Virginia offense limited Maryland to just five shots on Monday, the lowest total by a Terps team since Nov. 17, 2013, also against Virginia.
• Through 180 minutes goalkeeper Colin Shutler has made five saves. He was second in the ACC with eight shutouts in 2018 and now has 10 in his career.
ABOUT HIGH POINT
• Virginia will be the Panthers second-straight nationally ranked opponent after dropping a 1-0 road decision on Monday against then-No. 21 Charlotte. A goal in the 43rd minute by the 49ers held up for the eventual game-winner.
• High Point started the season off with a 2-1 win over William & Mary on Aug. 30. The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Siggi Benonysson (35′) and Jordan Lonchar (54′).
• The Panthers return seven of its regular starting 11 from the 2018, with nearly 70 percent of its offensive production on the roster. High Point has won back-to-back Big South Conference regular season titles.
• Big South Attacking Player of the Year, Ilias Kosmidis, headlined a group of 10 Panthers to earn postseason honors last season. Kosmidis led the team with 10 goals and 23 points in his first year on campus after transferring from UTRGV.