CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Top-ranked Virginia (9-0, 3-0 ACC) returns to Atlantic Coast Conference action on Friday night (Oct. 4) when it hosts No. 24 Louisville (5-2-2, 1-1-1 ACC) at Klöckner Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will air live on ACCNX.
Game Coverage: ACCNX streams via the ESPN App and is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network. Links for the live stream and in-game live stats are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow the Virginia men’s soccer official twitter account (@UVAMenSoccer) for in-game updates.
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.
VIRGINIA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION NIGHT.
Youth teams, coaches and their guests can use the promo code VYSA here for $4 general admission tickets for the game. Teams who attend either game together can submit their roster to the marketing table near the flag columns at Klöckner Stadium. The team with the most players in attendance at each game will win complimentary admission to a future game and a pizza party for the players and coaches.
• The Cavaliers are the consensus No. 1 team in the country for the first time since 2014.
• Virginia and Louisville will meet for the first time since the 2017 ACC Quarterfinal match, a 0-0 draw a Lynn Stadium.
• The 9-0 start for Virginia is the best start in George Gelnovatch’s 24-year tenure at UVA.
• Virginia is one of four undefeated, untied teams remaining in collegiate soccer.
• Virginia comes into Friday’s match as the country’s leader in goals against average (0.11), save percentage (.955) and shutouts (8).
• The Cavaliers have not allowed a goal in the last 537 minutes and have pitched a shutout in five-straight matches for the first time since 2009.
• Virginia is looking to go 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2008. The Cavaliers have won four or more ACC games 12 times under George Gelnovatch.
AGAINST THE CARDINALS
• Louisville holds a 3-1-1 advantage in the all-time series that first began in 2013.
• The last Virginia victory against the Cardinals came on Oct. 2, 2015, a 3-2 win at Klöckner Stadium.
• Sixth-seeded Virginia advanced past third-seeded Louisville on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a 110-minute scoreless draw in the 2017 ACC Quarterfinal.
• Cardinal goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch is the son of Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch. The 2017 meeting was the only time the two have squared off against each other. Jake Gelnovatch made one save and was credited with a shutout before being relieved by Will Meyer in the decisive shootout.
• Virginia matched a season-high with three goals in Tuesday night’s win over George Washington.
• All three goal scorers – Robin Afamefuna, Philip Horton and Bret Halsey – recorded their first tallies of the season. For Horton and Halsey the goals were the first of their collegiate careers.
• Virginia peppered a season-high 21 shots against the Colonials, the most since unleashing 23 against Portland on Oct. 2, 2017.
• Virginia has allowed only one goal through its first nine games, the fewest in the 76-year history of the program. Last season the Cavaliers went seven games before conceding the season’s second goal, which had happened only one other time (1985).
• Only four teams nationally have surrendered three or less goals (Virginia, Navy-2, Villanova-3 and SMU-3).
• The Cavalier defensive trio comprised of Robin Afamefuna Henry Kessler, Andreas Ueland have started all nine games and have missed a total of four minutes of game action as a unit.
WELL ROUNDED ATTACK
• A total of 11 different goal scorers are responsible for the 16 Virginia goal scorers this season. Only Clemson, the nation’s top scoring offense (3.8 gpg), has more goal scorers (14) among ACC teams.
• Five players – Joe Bell, Daryl Dike, Nathaniel Crofts, Irakoze Donasiyano and Daryl Dike – share the team-lead in goals with two.
• Dike leads the team in points with eight (2g, 4a) and his four helpers are tied for fifth in the ACC.
• Working his way back into his lineup, sophomore Cabrel Happi Kamseu has a goal and an assist in the last 79 minutes of action off the bench, a span of three games. He co-led the team with five goals last season.
THE KLÖCKNER ADVANTAGE
• Virginia comes into Friday’s match with a 6-0 record at home and have won seven-straight games at Klöckner Stadium dating back to last season.
• On Tuesday, Virginia registered its 290th win at Klöckner Stadium with a 3-0 win at George Washington.
• The Cavaliers have won 81 percent of its matches at Klöckner Stadium since its opening in 1992.
• Against NC State on Sept. 20, Virginia drew 3,858 fans, the largest crowd since Sept. 22, 2017 when 4,205 turned out for a match against North Carolina.
UNDEFEATED, UNTIED IN COLLEGE SOCCER
• The Cavaliers are one of four teams (Missouri St., Navy, SMU) in the country unbeaten and untied.
• No. 1 Virginia – 9-0 vs. No. 24 Louisville (10/4)
• No. 4 SMU – 9-0 vs. No. 11 UCF (10/6)
• No. 17 Missouri State – 8-0 at Evansville (10/5)
• No. 21 Navy – 10-0 vs. Bucknell (10/6)
• Goalkeeper Colin Shutler was credited with his 16th career shutout on Tuesday night, taking over sole possession of eighth place on the program’s career shutout list. Shutler has 16 shutouts in 25 career starts for the Cavaliers.
All-Time Career Shutouts at UVA
4. Jeff Caldwell (2014-17) 23
Bob Willen (1984-87) 23
6. David Comfort (1999-02) 19
7. Tony Meola (1988-89) 17
8. Colin Shutler (2017-19) 16
Virginia has won its first nine games of the season six times in its 76-year history. The 9-0 start for the Cavaliers is the first since 1993 and the best in George Gelnovatch’s 24-year tenure.
UVA Consecutive Wins to Start the Season
14 games – 1992, 1987
12 games – 1985
11 games – 1993, 1989
9 games – 2019
CURRENT WINNING STREAK
• Virginia has four winning streaks of nine or more games under head coach George Gelnovatch. Two of those streaks occurred when current associate head coach Matt Chulis was a student-athlete at Virginia (1996 & 1997).
Win Streaks Under Gelnovatch
16 games – 2001
9 games – 2002, 1996, 2019