CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 1 Virginia (17-1-1) will be home on Sunday (Nov. 24) to host No. 24 Campbell (17-2-2) the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start and will air live on ACCNX.
Game Coverage: ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. 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.
Tickets for NCAA Tournament matches at Klöckner Stadium can be purchased online at UVATix.com or by calling the Virginia Ticket Office at 1-800-542-8821. Reserved seats are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate on game day. General admission tickets purchased in advance are $5 and $8 at the gate on game day. Students are required to purchase tickets. Children under two years of age are admitted free.
Reserved season ticket holders will be given an exclusive window to purchase their same reserved seats from the regular season before they are released to the public.
Fans can park in the McCue (JPJ East) and UHall (JPJ South) lots for free on a first come, first served basis on Sunday. The JPJ West lot will be reserved for women’s basketball only.
• Virginia is making its 39th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the longest streak in the history of college soccer.
• The Cavaliers are the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed for the second time (1995) in school history and first time under head coach George Gelnovatch.
• Virginia comes into the match winners of its last six matches, the second six-match win streak of the season.
• The victor of Sunday’s game will advance to the third round to face either Syracuse or 16th-seed Saint John’s next weekend.
• No. 24 Campbell will be the fourth, ranked opponent for Virginia in the last five games The Cavaliers are 8-0 against teams from the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 in 2019.
VS CAMPBELL, NON-CONFERENCE & BIG SOUTH FOES
• Virginia went a perfect 8-0 in non-conference action this season and in those eight games did not surrender a goal for the first time in school history. Virginia outscored its non-conference opponents, 14-0.
• Virginia is unbeaten in its last 15 matches against non-ACC opponents 14-0-1.
• Campbell will be the third Big South team to come to Klöckner Stadium this season. The Cavaliers registered 1-0 wins over High Point (9/7) and Radford (9/17). Virginia is 16-4-2 all-time and 6-1-1 under George Gelnovatch against current members of the Big South.
ACC TOURNAMENT RECAP
• Virginia captured its 16 ACC Championship and 11th ACC Tournament title with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over top-seeded Clemson. The Cavaliers scored three unanswered goals in the second half including two in the final 8:52 of the match.
• Head Coach George Gelnovatch has won his fifth ACC Tournament Championship in his tenure – 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009 & 2019. His teams have now been to the ACC Final 13 times in 24 seasons
• Clemson was Virginia’s third first-time opponent in the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers did not face Syracuse (quarterfinal) or Wake Forest (semifinal) during the 2019 regular season.
THE KLÖCKNER ADVANTAGE
• Klöckner Stadium has hosted an NCAA Tournament match in each of the last 39 years.
• Virginia is 12-1 at Klöckner Stadium this season, the most home wins of any team in the country. Only Clemson (11) and Campbell (10) have reached double digit home wins in 2019.
• The Cavaliers are 37-12-2 (.740) at Klöckner in the NCAA postseason.
• Virginia has won 81 percent (296-59-27) of its matches at Klöckner Stadium since its opening in 1992.
• Against NC State on Sept. 20, 2019 Virginia drew 3,858 fans, the largest crowd since Sept. 22, 2017 when 4,205 turned out for a match against North Carolina.
• The Cavaliers come into Sunday with the second-lowest goals against average (0.36), the highest save percentage (.877) and are tied for the most shutouts (13) in the country.
• Virginia’s 17 wins are tied with Campbell for the second-most in collegiate soccer. Only Missouri State (18) has more.
• Virginia owns a .921 winning percentage, the third highest percentage in DI men’s soccer behind Missouri State (.974) and St. Mary’s (.941)
• Virginia is one of six programs nationally with one or no losses this season.
• The Cavaliers have conceded just seven goals this season, tied with New Hampshire the fewest in the country. Virginia, New Hampshire and Georgetown are the only programs that have allowed less than 10 goals this season.
• The program record for fewest goals allowed in a season stands at eight, set in 2009. Only one other time (1988) has Virginia allowed less than 10 goals in a season.
• With Campbell entering Sunday with 59 goals, Virginia will face the top-two scoring offenses in the country in back-to-back games. The Cavaliers held Clemson (65 goals) to one goal for only the second time this season. Campbell has scored two or more goals in all but five matches this season.
• Nathaniel Crofts scored twice in the ACC Tournament. Four of his nine career goals have come in either the ACC or NCAA Tournament. He’s the only Cavalier on the current roster with a goal in NCAA Tournament play, both came in last year’s 2-0 win over Furman.
• Cavalier captain Robin Afamefuna converted his first career penalty kick, the third goal of the 3-1 win over Clemson. Two of his four career goals have come in ACC Tournament action. The senior defender has started 42-straight games, the longest active streak on the team.
• Defenders Henry Kessler and Andreas Ueland are the only two Cavaliers that have played every minute of every game this season. Kessler was named the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player
• Sophomore Cabrel Happi Kamseu made his first start of the season in the ACC Semfinals against Wake Forest. Working through an injury-riddled year, Happi Kamseu’s two goals this year have both been game-winners, including his 82nd minute tally in the ACC Championship game. UVA only has four goals in regulation after the 75th minute, Happi Kamseu has two of them.
• Striker Daryl Dike had his four-game point-streak snapped in semifinals against Wake Forest. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet in the final, he drew a foul in the box to setup Afamefuna’s goal in the 83rd minute. His 21 points are the most by a Cavalier since Will Bates totaled 25 in 2012.
VIRGINIA IN THE POLLS
• The Cavaliers returned to the top spot as the country’s conensus No. 1 team on Tuesday (Nov. 19). It’s spent 10-straight weeks in the top-7 and a total of nine in the top-5
• TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News each have Virginia as the No. 1 team in the country for the second-straight week.
• Back on Nov. 1, the NCAA DI men’s soccer selection committee released its top 16 rankings and Virginia came in at No. 2.
17+ WIN SEASONS IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
22 – 1993, 1994
21 – 1989, 1992, 1995
19 – 1984, 1991, 1997, 2009
18 – 1988, 2004
17 – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2019