CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (1-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) will play its final regular season road game on Saturday (Oct. 24) when it visits Notre Dame (2-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC). The match is scheduled for a noon start and will be broadcast live on ACCNX.
ACCNX streams via the ESPN App and is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network. Information on cable providers that currently carry ACC Network can be found on GetACCN.com. Direct 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.
- Virginia played half of its Fall schedule in a nine-day span (Oct. 9-18) and will wrap up its final half in a 20-day stretch beginning Saturday at Notre Dame.
- Saturday will mark Virginia’s last of two road matches in its six-game ACC regular season.
- Virginia has played Notre Dame 13 times since 2013, the most meetings for the Cavaliers against any other opponent in that span. Seven of those meetings have come in either the ACC (4) and the NCAA (3) Tournament.
- Virginia is unbeaten in its last five road matches, including a 1-1 draw at Virginia Tech on Oct. 14. The Cavaliers went 3-0-1 on the road last season and its last road loss came at Notre Dame in the Third Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers haven’t lost on the road in the regular season since Oct. 27, 2017, a 1-0 setback at Duke.
- The Cavaliers enter the match not ranked in the United Soccer Coaches top-5 for the first time since Sept. 17, 2019. According to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Power Rankings, Virginia is No. 6.
AGAINST NOTRE DAME
- The Cavaliers own an 8-4-4 record all-time against the Irish and a 6-4-4 mark under head coach George Gelnovatch.
- Virginia has played at Notre Dame every year since 2013 and is 3-4-1 at Alumni Stadium all-time
- Inclement weather postponed last year’s meeting in South Bend one day and Virginia eventually emerged victorious, 1-0 in a rare, 11 a.m. morning match. The lone goal of the game was scored on a successful PK attempt by Joe Bell in the 70th minute.
GAME OF FIRSTS
- Both goals in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Pitt were the first of the collegiate careers of Kaya Ignacio (66’) and Nick (90’).
- The tally for the true freshman Ignacio was part of a three-point night that vaulted him into a tie for the team lead for points (3) in just one game.
- Berghold sat the 2019 season due to injury and checked in at the start of the second half to make his collegiate debut. The redshirt freshman leveled the match at two in the 90th minute and logged 47 minutes on the night.
- Philip Horton, also tied for the team lead with three points, registered his first career assist with the crossing pass that found Ignacio on the far post.
- The loss for Virginia snapped an eight-game win streak at Klöckner Stadium and an eight-match unbeaten streak against ACC opponents that included the 2019 postseason.
- Pitt scored two first half goals, the first two goals scored on Virginia in the first half of action.
- Despite being out-shot 56-32 in its first three matches, Virginia has won the possession battle in each game this season. Against Virginia Tech, Virginia held a season-high 57 percent of the game’s possession despite facing a season-high 23 Hokie shot attempts.
- Isaiah Byrd is one of 11 ACC players with two assists this season and has aided on Cavalier goals in two of the first three games.
- A total of nine Cavaliers have played their first games with the program this season — Leo Afonso, Nick Berghold, Isaiah Byrd, Rafael Caipo, Kaya Ignacio, Oliver Gerbig (transfer), Joan Gibert-Fuertes, Reed Kessler and Kevin Ogudugu (Transfer).
- Virginia has begun the 2020 season with three-straight overtime matches for the first time in program history.
- The Cavaliers last played three-straight overtimes back half of the 2013 season (Nov. 8-12). In 2012, Virginia set a school record by playing five-straight OT matches (Oct. 19 – Nov. 9).
- Virginia went 3-1-1 in overtime last season is 8-5-15 in extra time since 2016.
RUN FOR 90
- George Gelnovatch seeking 90th career ACC win and would be the fastest coach in ACC history to 90 ACC regular season wins.
- Only two other coaches in ACC history have reached the 90-win mark.
John Rennie (Duke) 95 wins in 29 seasons
I.M. Ibrahim (Clemson) 90 wins in 28 seasons
George Gelnovatch (Virginia) 89 wins in 25 seasons
LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
- Preseason All-American Colin Shutler leads the ACC and ranks third nationally with 4.67 saves per game. His 14 total saves are the second most behind Pitt’s Nico Campuzano who has one more game played than Shutler.
- In the season opener against Louisville on Oct. 14, Shutler matched a career high with eight saves and was named the co-ACC Player of the Week and listed on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week on Oct. 12.
- Shutler owns the lowest career goals against average (.661) and the highest save percentage (.805) among active NCAA goalkeepers.
- One more shutout and Shutler will move into third place all-time on Virginia’s career shutout list. He is eight saves shy of cracking UVA’s top-10 saves list.
8+ Saves by a Virginia Goalkeeper since 2001
9 – Calle Brown at Tulsa (9/5/14)
8 – Colin Shutler vs. Louisville (10/9/20)
8 – Colin Shutler vs. Virginia Tech (9/7/18)
8 – Diego Restrepo vs. James Madison (10/12/10)
8 – Diego Restrepo at Duke (9/11/10)
8 – Ryan Burke at Maryland (10/31/03)
Most Career Shutouts at UVA
- Diego Restrepo (2009-10) 24
- Jeff Caldwell (2014-17) 23
Bob Willen (1984-87) 23
Colin Shutler (2017-19) 23
Career Goals Against Average at UVA
- Tony Meola (1988-89) 0.34 *NCAA Record
- Bob Willen (1984-87) 0.40
- Diego Restrepo (2009-10) 0.51
- Colin Shutler (2017-19) 0.66
- Keith Lenert (1982-85) 0.72