CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Atlantic Coast Conference play will commence for No. 6 Virginia (3-0) on Friday night (Sept. 13) when it travels to No. 2 Duke (4-0). The match will air live on ESPNU and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Game Coverage: One of three regular season linear matches, Friday’s game can be seen live on ESPNU and can also be streamed on the ESPN App for authenticated subscribers of ESPN. Direct links to the broadcast and live in-game statistics are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates from the team’s official twitter feed (@UVAMenSoccer).
• Virginia is looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 2006 when it started the season winning the first eight games.
• The Cavaliers come into Friday’s match 3-0 for the fifth time under George Gelnovatch (2019, 2017, 2006, 2004, 2002).
• Virginia is one of five teams in the country (Missouri St., Penn, St. Francis-Brooklyn, Villanova) that has yet to concede a goal in 2019.
• Duke will be the fourth-straight opponent that participated in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Only Virginia and Georgetown will face five 2018 NCAA Tournament participants in its first six games. Duke will play four NCAA Tournament teams in its first six games.
• Virginia holds a 41-38-10 advantage in the all-time series against Duke that was first played in 1946.
• The Blue Devils have won the last two meetings by way of the shutout but Virginia holds a 4-3-3 edge in the last 10 matches.
• Duke handed Virginia its first loss of the 2018 season in a 2-0 triumph over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
• The Cavaliers entered the 2018 matchup with a 6-0-2 record.
• Virginia had allowed just two goals through its first eight games and Duke scored twice in the game’s first 20 minutes. An opponent scored multiple goals on the Virginia defense only three times during the 2018 season.
No. 1 AND No. 2
• For the eighth time in program history and the first time since 2014, Virginia will play the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in the same season.
• On Labor Day in Washington, D.C., the Cavaliers knocked off No. 1 Maryland 2-0 in a neutral site game at Audi Field.
• Only in 2009 and 2014, both National Championship seasons, Virginia defeated both No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season.
• 1983 – @ Duke (1), L 0-1 | @ Indiana (2), L 1-3
- 1989 – @ Indiana (2), W 1-0 | $ Santa Clara (1), T 1-1
- 1990 – @ Clemson (1), T 1-1 | @ N.C. State (2), L 1-2 (OT)
- 2004 – @ Wake Forest (2), W 2-1 | $ New Mexico (1), T 1-1
- 2009 – @ Wake Forest (2), W 1-0 | $ Akron (1), W 0-0 (2OT)
- 2013 – @ Notre Dame (2), W 2-0 | # Notre Dame (1), T 3-3 (2OT)
- 2014 – $ Notre Dame (1), W 1-0 | $ UCLA (2), W 0-0 (2OT)
#ACC Tournament | $NCAA Tournament
MOVING ON UP
• Virginia moved up one spot in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The Cavaliers are one of four ACC teams in the Top-10. A total of eight ACC Teams are ranked inside the Top-20
1. Wake Forest
9. Virginia Tech
10. Notre Dame
18. North Carolina
• Last season the Cavaliers got up to No. 6 in the national rankings and haven’t been in the top-5 since early in the 2015 season.
• Virginia vaulted up to the No. 3 spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll after coming in at No. 16 last week. In the College Soccer News Top-25 the Cavaliers were bumped up five spots to No. 7.
ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK X 2
• Goalkeeper Colin Shutler was named ACC co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 9 after a pair of shutouts including a clean sheet against No. 1 Maryland on Sept. 2. Shutler has collected ACC weekly honors three times in the last two seasons.
• For his two-goal performance in the season-opener against Pacific, junior Irakoze Donasiyano was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
• Donasiyano scored in the 44th minute of the 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.
• Through 270 minutes goalkeeper Colin Shutler has made seven saves. He was second in the ACC with eight shutouts in 2018 and now has 11 in his career, two-shy of 10th all-time in Virginia history.
• Virginia hasn’t started the season off with four-straight shutouts since 2006 (4). The school-record for shutouts to start a season is five, set in 2005.
• 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.