CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-2-1, 2-2-1 ACC) will close out its 2020 regular season slate on Friday afternoon (Nov. 6) against Commonwealth foe, Virginia Tech (2-1-2, 2-1-2, ACC) at Klockner Stadium. The match will be broadcast on local regional sports networks and is slated for a 4 p.m. start.
Due to health and safety considerations in addition to the current guidelines established for sports venues by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance at UVA home competitions is limited to family of student-athletes and each team’s coaching staff until further notice. There is no public admission to these events and all tailgating in University parking lots is prohibited.
Game Coverage: A complete list of regional sports networks that are scheduled to broadcast the match can be found here. The match can also be viewed on the ESPN app and is subject to blackout. 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.
- Friday will be the second meeting between Virginia and Virginia Tech this season, only the third time the two schools have played twice in the same season (1961, 2014 & 2020).
- The winner of Friday’s match will secure the ACC North Region second seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. A draw and a Notre Dame loss will secure the second seed for the Hokies.
- Friday will mark the final home event at Klöckner Stadium in 2020. Despite clinching a berth into the ACC Tournament, all upcoming matches will be played at neutral sites.
- Virginia is seeking its 200th ACC regular season victory, no other program in the ACC has 200 regular season victories.
- The then-No. 5 Cavaliers and Hokies played to a 1-1 draw in Blacksburg back on Oct. 14, a match that was originally supposed to begin the 2020 season for both teams on Oct. 3.
- Virginia responded just one minute and 26 seconds after Virginia Tech scored the game’s opening goal in the 76th minute.
- Joan Gibert Fuertes scored his first collegiate goal off of a free kick to knot the game at one at the 77 minute mark.
- The Cavaliers were unsuccessful on PK attempt by Irakoze Donasiyano in the 61st minute.
- Virginia Tech out-shot Virginia 23-10 in the contest but the Cavaliers held over 60 percent of the game’s possession. Only five of the Hokies 23 attempts landed on target compared to four by the Cavaliers.
- Virginia has clinched a berth in the upcoming eight team ACC Tournament (Nov. 15-22).
- A win over Virginia Tech secures the No. 2 seed in the North Region.
- Seeds 2, 3 and 4 are all in play for the Cavaliers entering the weekend. The final bracket along with times and locations of the tournament matches is set to be announced after play has concluded on Friday night.
- The last two matches at Klöckner Stadium have resulted in draws (2018 and 2016). The Cavaliers last victory against the Hokies on their home pitch came on Nov. 5, 2014 in the rivalry’s only ACC Tournament affair.
- Since 2004, the two schools have met every season with the exception of 2015.
- Virginia owns a 41-4-6 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1960.
- George Gelnovatch is 14-2-6 against the Hokies in his tenure as head coach.
- Virginia is 8-1-3 against Virginia Tech at Klöckner Stadium, its only setback coming on Oct. 29, 2005, a 2-1 golden goal victory for the Hokies.
BREAKING DOWN HOOS SCORING
- All seven goals by Virginia this season have been scored by different goal scorers and no one on the team has scored multiple goals this season.
- Three of the seven UVA goals have come off set pieces, two off of penalty kicks.
- Penalty kick goals against Louisville (10/9) and Syracuse (10/30) proved to be game-winners.
- Andreas Ueland, who’s PK against Syracuse last Friday, was the third Cavalier to attempt a PK this season (most since 2013).
- Five of Virginia’s seven goals have come in the 60th minute or later and only one in the first half.
- Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch became the fastest coach in ACC history to record 90 league wins with a 1-0 victory over Syracuse last Friday.
- He is one of three coaches in ACC history to reach the 90-win plateau – John Rennie (Duke ) and I.M. Ibrahim (Clemson).
- In the process, Gelnovatch registered career win No. 340 and moved him into a tie for 10th in career victories among active NCAA D-I coaches.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
- Both Cavalier victories this Fall have come at Klöckner Stadium.
- Every year of its existence, Virginia has posted a .500 or above winning percentage at Klöckner Stadium and are 17-2 in the last 19 games in Charlottesville.
- Virginia’s season-opening, 2-1 double overtime win over Louisville on Oct. 9 was also the 300th for the program at Klöckner Stadium.
- Virginia has won 81 percent (301-60-27) of its matches at Klöckner Stadium since its opening in 1992.
- Virginia went 15-1 at Klöckner Stadium in 2019, the most home wins of any team in the country and tied for the most in school history (1995).
- Klöckner Stadium has hosted an NCAA Tournament match in all 28 years of its existence.
- The Cavaliers are 40-12-2 (.759) at Klöckner in the NCAA postseason.
- Redshirt freshman Alex Rando made his second-consecutive start last Friday and made four saves in the Cavaliers’ first clean sheet of the season. It marked the first UVA shutout since the Third Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
- Senior Irakoze Donasiyano has started in 46-straight games for the Cavaliers, the longest active streak on the team. He has played every minute of every match this season along with teammates Oliver Gerbig, Bret Halsey and Andreas Ueland.
- Virginia has out-possessed its opponent in all five matches this season.
- Of the 10 teams ranked in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s weekly Power Rankings, Virginia is ranked eighth, sliding up one spot from last week. UVA has been as high as No. 1 (Sept. 21) this Fall.