CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (5-5-1, 1-1 ACC Spring) starts a three-game stint at home on Friday (March 19) when it hosts Virginia Tech (4-4-2, 0-2 ACC Spring) at Klöckner Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ACCNX and is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
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.
- Virginia and Virginia Tech will meet for the third time this season, the first time the Cavaliers have played an opponent three times in a season since squaring off against Notre three times in 2014.
- Virginia comes into the match in a four-way tie for second place in the ACC Coastal Division.
- Friday will mark a stretch of three-straight games at home for Virginia. Over the course of six games in 2020-21, Virginia boasts a 4-2 mark on its home pitch.
- The Cavaliers are 0-1-1 against Virginia Tech this season and dropped a friendly to the Hokies, 1-0 prior to the spring season.
- Virginia is 5-1-4 against Virginia Tech in the last 10 meetings.
- Virginia owns a 41-5-6 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1960.
- Seven of the last 13 matches between the two schools have required extra time
- Virginia Tech won its first match at Klöckner Stadium since 2005 with a 1-0 victory in the fall regular season finale.
- Two of the last three matches at Klöckner against Virginia Tech have been draws. 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.
- George Gelnovatch is 14-3-6 against the Hokies in his tenure as head coach.
PREVIOUS TWO MEETINGS
ROUND ONE – OCT 14, 2020 – BLACKSBURG, Va.
- 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 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.
ROUND TWO – NOV. 6, 2020 – CHARLOTTESVILLE
- Daniel Pereira was credited with the game-winner in the 32nd minute. His shot ricocheted off a Cavalier defender crossing up Virginia goalkeeper Alex Rando for the uncontested score.
- The loss to Hokies was the first since Oct. 29, 2005 and snapped Virginia’s 16-game unbeaten streak against its Commonwealth counterpart.
- Virginia Tech held a 12-10 advantage in shots in the match.
- The contest featured six yellow cards, five shown to Virginia Tech players.
LAST TIME OUT
- Virginia suffered its first loss of the spring last Saturday, a 2-0 setback at North Carolina.
- The Tar Heels scored both of its goals just 1:35 apart, beginning in the 34th minute on a penalty kick.
- North Carolina, the top defense in the ACC this season, withstood a handful of quality chances in the second half to record the clean sheet.
- Virginia netminder Alex Rando made a career-high, five saves in a losing effort.
- It marked only the second time in the last 17 meetings against North Carolina that a match was decided by two or more goals.
- UNC’s first goal was the first conceded by the Cavaliers in 220 minutes of game action this spring.
NOTES & NUMBERS
- The goalkeeping combination of Colin Shutler and Alex Rando have combined for 40 saves in 2020-21, the most in the ACC.
- Rando enters Friday with a 0.81 goals against average, the second lowest in the ACC. His .783 save percentage is the third-best in the conference.
- Oliver Gerbig and Irakoze Donasiyano have played every minute for the Cavaliers this season. Donasiyano made his 52nd consecutive start last Sunday at North Carolina.