CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Top-ranked Virginia (10-0, 4-0 ACC) will be on the road Friday night (Oct. 11) to take on Boston College (7-2-2, 1-2-1 ACC) in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will air live on ACCX.
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.
• The Cavaliers are the consensus No. 1 team for the second-straight week. The Cavaliers haven’t been ranked No. 1 in consecutive weeks since 1996, George Gelnovatch’s first season as head coach.
• The 10-0 start for Virginia is the best start in George Gelnovatch’s 24-year tenure at UVA.
• Virginia is one of three undefeated, untied teams remaining in collegiate soccer.
• Virginia comes into Friday’s match as the country’s leader in goals against average (0.10), save percentage (.962) and shutouts (9).
• The Cavaliers have not allowed a goal in the last 627 minutes and have pitched a shutout in six-straight matches for the first time since 2009.
• Virginia is looking to go 5-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2005. The Cavaliers have won five or more ACC games four times (2000, 2001, 2005, 2006) under George Gelnovatch.
• Boston College and Virginia will meet for the first time since the Cavaliers ousted the Eagles in the first round of the 2017 tournament. Virginia hasn’t won in Newton since 2005 and are 1-2-2 all-time in road games against Boston College.
• Friday will be the third of four true road games for Virginia in 2019. The Cavaliers have won five-straight regular season road games dating back to last season.
• Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch (327 wins) is looking to move into a tie with Boston College head coach Ed Kelly (328 wins) for the most career wins among active ACC head coaches.
• Gelnovatch is in his 24th season at the helm and owns the 7th-highest winning percentage (.693) among active NCAA coaches and the highest among ACC Coaches (minimum 10 years coaching).
• Last Friday’s win over Louisville matched Virginia’s win total from a year ago (10-4-3) and marks the 24th-straight season under Gelnovatch and 39th season overall, the Cavaliers have recorded double-digit wins. Only Maryland’s Sasho Cirovski has more consecutive 10+ win seasons (25) among active NCAA head coaches.
• Virginia has allowed only one goal through its first 10 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 Missouri State-3) in 2019.
• The Cavalier defensive trio comprised of Robin Afamefuna Henry Kessler, Andreas Ueland have started all 10 games and have missed a total of four minutes of game action as a unit.
• For the second-straight week and the fourth time this season a Cavalier was bestowed ACC weekly honors when Robin Afamefuna was recognized for his defensive prowess. Afamefuna was also listed on the College Soccer News Team of the Week.
• Afamefuna is the first Cavalier defender to garner ACC defensive accolades since 2017 and the four weekly ACC awards for Virginia are the most since 2016.
• Junior Henry Kessler was one of three defenders on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. Sophomore Daryl Dike with his three points against Louisville was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week Honorable Mention.
HOW THEY SCORE IT
• A total of 11 different goal scorers are responsible for the 18 Virginia goals scored this season. Only Clemson (14), the nation’s top scoring offense (3.45 gpg) and Wake Forest (12) have more goal scorers among ACC teams.
• Sophomore Daryl Dike leads the team in points (3g, 5a) with 11. He drew fouls to setup the game-winning goals against George Washington and Notre Dame.
• Dike’s five assists are tied for the third most in the ACC and 23rd most in the country
• Spencer Patton, who scored the second goal against Louisville last Friday has scored in both of his two starts this season (9/13 at Duke).
ON THIS DATE
• On Oct. 11, 1992, Virginia improved to 12-0 and extended its unbeaten streak to 29 games with a 3-2 overtime victory over Clemson. With no golden goal rule in effect, Virginia scored two of its three goals in overtime, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in front of 4,117 fans in Clemson, S.C.
• Ben Crawley converted a penalty kick at the 115:08 mark the second overtime for the game-winning score. It was one of his school-record nine, game-winners that season. Crawley was a First Team All-American selection and led the ACC in goals scored with 17 in 1992.
• The 1992 Cavaliers went on to win its first 14 games of the year, matching a school record set by the 1987 squad.
UNDEFEATED, UNTIED IN COLLEGE SOCCER
• The Cavaliers are one of three teams (Missouri St., Navy) in the country unbeaten and untied.
• No. 1 Virginia – 10-0 vs. Boston College (Friday, 10/11)
• No. 14 Missouri State – (10-0) – vs. Drake – (Sunday, Oct. 13)
• No. 19 Navy – 11-0 vs. Army – Talen Energy Field on Friday Oct. 11
• Goalkeeper Colin Shutler was credited with his 17th career shutout last Friday, moving him into a tie with Tony Meola for the seventh most on the program’s career shutout list. Shutler has 17 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
Colin Shutler (2017-19) 17
Virginia has won its first 10 games of the season six times in its 76-year history. The 10-0 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
10 games – 2019