CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – With a trip to the College Cup on the line, No. 1 Virginia (19-1-1) will host No. 5 SMU (18-1-1) on Friday night (Dec. 6) at Klöckner Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 7 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.
$5 cash parking will be available for fans in the McCue (JPJ East), UHall (JPJ South) and JPJ West/Garage lots.
Parking Map: https://s3.amazonaws.com/virginiasports.com/documents/2019/12/5/19ParkingMap_12_6.jpg
• Virginia is in the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the 20th time in program history and is seeking its 13th College Cup appearance.
• Virginia comes into the match winners of its last eight matches, the second eight-match win streak of the season. It marks the third time in program history (1993 & 1995) the Cavaliers have put together win streaks of eight or more games in the same year
• No. 5 SMU will be the fifth-straight, ranked opponent for Virginia. The Cavaliers are 10-0 against teams from the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 in 2019 and 4-0 against teams in the top-5.
• Virginia has been part of each of the last 39 NCAA Tournaments, 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 Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) December 5, 2019
TOP SCORING OFFENSIVE OPPONENTS
• SMU comes into Friday’s match averaging 3.05 goals per game, the second most in the nation.
• After Friday, Virginia will have faced the current No. 1, 2 & 3 offenses in the country in a four-week span. The Cavaliers outscored Clemson (No. 1) and Campbell (No. 2) by a combined score of 5-1.
NCAA Top Goal Scorers vs. UVA
Rank Name (Team) Goals in ’19 vs. UVA
T-3. Manuel Ferriol (James Madison) 16 0 goals, 0 shots
T-4 Garrett McLaughlin (SMU) 15 TBD
T-4. Thibaut Jacquel (Campbell) 15 0 goals, 0 shots
T-4. Robbie Robinson (Clemson) 15 0 goals, 2 shots (0 on goal)
T-10. Ryan Raposo (Syracuse) 13 0 goals, 2 shots (0 on goal)
T-10. Kimari Smith (Clemson) 13 0 goals, 1 shot (0 on goal)
T-18. Daniele Proch (Duke) 12 0 goals, 2 shots (0 on goal)
T-21. Edward Kizza (Pitt) 11 0 goals, 1 shot (1 on goal)
HOW WE GOT HERE
• In two NCAA matches, Virginia has outscored its opponents, 5-0 and held both Campbell and St. John’s to a combined five shots (2 on goal).
• Junior Spencer Patton was credited with the game-winning goal against Campbell in the 38th minute. Nathaniel Crofts had the assist and later made the score 2-0 with his sixth goal of the season.
• Virginia scored three first half goals in a 3-0 shutout of St. John’s. Two of the three tallies came off the head of Andreas Ueland, his second and third career goals.
• The Cavaliers have collected shutouts in three of their last four matches and have not been scored on in more than 250 minutes.
• Virginia has trailed three times this season for a total of 177:59 of 1,923 minutes played this season.
• The Cavaliers are 10-0 against non-ACC foes this season and have outscored the 10 other programs, 18-0.
• Including its two NCAA Tournament wins, Virginia is 14-0 when leading at halftime and 17-0-1 when scoring first.
• Virginia has held opponents to five or less shots eight times this season, including both games of the NCAA Tournament.
THE KLÖCKNER ADVANTAGE
• Klöckner Stadium has hosted an NCAA Tournament match in all 28 years of its existence. The Cavaliers have hosted an NCAA games in each of the last 39 years.
• The Cavaliers are 39-12-2 (.755) at Klöckner in the NCAA postseason.
• Virginia is 14-1 at Klöckner Stadium this season, the most home wins of any team in the country. Quarterfinal participants Clemson (13), Georgetown (11) Wake Forest (11) and SMU (10) are five of eight teams in the country with double-digit wins in 2019.
• Virginia has won 81 percent (298-59-27) 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 Friday with the lowest goals against average (0.33), the highest save percentage (.881) and the most shutouts (15) in the country.
• Virginia’s 19 wins and .929 win percentage are tops in college soccer.
• Virginia is one of three programs (Missouri State & SMU) with an NCAA-low, one loss this season.
• The Cavaliers have conceded just seven goals this season, the fewest of any team in the nation. No other program has conceded less than 10 goals in 2019.
• The program record for fewest goals allowed in a season stands at eight, set in 2009. Only one other time (9 in 1988) has Virginia allowed less than 10 goals in a season.
• Andreas Ueland became the 18th Cavalier to score multiple goals in the NCAA Tournament and first since Nathaniel Crofts buried a pair of goals against Furman in the 2018 Second Round.
• Kessler and Andreas Ueland are the only two Cavaliers that have played every minute of every game this season. The duo was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. It marked the third-straight week that Kessler took home the weekly honor.
• Crofts has scored in four of his last seven games played and is the Cavaliers active leader in NCAA Tournament goals with three. Five of his nine career goals have come in either the ACC or NCAA Tournament.
• Striker Daryl Dike drew his second penalty in the box in the last four games when he was taken down against St. John’s in the NCAA Third Round. He has drawn fouls that have led to five Cavalier goals in 2019. His 21 points (7g, 7a) are the most by a Cavalier since Will Bates totaled 25 in 2012.
• Sophomore Daniel Steedman was responsible for two assists, both off corner kicks, in Virginia’s third round match against St. John’s. It was the second multi-assist performance of the season by a Cavalier and the first in the NCAA Tournament since Scott Thomsen was credited with two against UNCW in 2014.
• After the game-winner against Campbell in the NCAA Second Round, Spencer Patton has scored three of his four goals this season against ranked foes.
• Cavalier captain Robin Afamefuna has started 44-straight games, the longest active streak on the team. Two of his four career goals have come in the ACC Tournament including a PK tally in this year’s ACC title game against Clemson.
• Sophomore Cabrel Happi Kamseu made his first start of the season in the ACC Semifinals 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 game-winning goals after the 75th minute, Happi Kamseu has two of them.
19+ WIN SEASONS IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
22 – 1993*, 1994*
21 – 1989*, 1992*, 1995
19 – 1984, 1991*, 1997, 2009*, 2019
*Won National Championship
MAC HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
• Juniors Joe Bell and Henry Kessler were both listed as two of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, annually given to the country’s top college soccer player.
• Virginia and Clemson were the only programs with multiple semifinalists and a total of five of the 15 were from the ACC.
• The last Cavalier semifinalist was Tony Tchiani in 2009.
• A Cavalier has won the MAC Hermann trophy on five different occasions – Tony Meola (1989), Claudio Reyna (1993), Mike Fisher (1995 & 1996) and Alecko Eskandarian (2002).
• Current associate head coach, Matt Chulis was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 1998.