CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (6-5-1) will play its final non-conference match of the spring regular season on Tuesday (March 23) when it hosts Central Arkansas (6-7-2) at Klöckner Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 5 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.
- Virginia will play the final non-conference match of the spring before ending the regular season with three ACC games.
- Tuesday marks the first ever meeting between Central Arkansas and Virginia.
- The last Sun Belt Conference opponent for Virginia was Coastal Carolina on opening night in 2016.
- The Cavaliers boast a 5-2 record at Klöckner Stadium this season and have won all three matches this spring at home.
- Central Arkansas and George Mason are the only two non-conference opponents Virginia will play in 2020-21.
- Goalkeeper Alex Rando was named ACC co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Cavaliers to a clean sheet against Virginia Tech last Friday.
- The sophomore netminder made four saves against the Hokies and was credited with his fourth career shutout.
- Rando ranks second in the ACC in both goals against average (0.70) and save percentage (.815). His four clean sheets in 2020-21 are tied for the second most in the league.
- Rando is the third Cavalier to take home an ACC weekly defensive honor and the second this spring (Oliver Gerbig – March 8). Colin Shutler was recognized as the ACC Defensive player of the week on Oct. 12, 2020.
LAST TIME OUT
- Virginia was clinical in 2-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday and improved to 2-1 in ACC play this spring.
- The Cavaliers scored two second half goals the first came off the foot of Kaya Ignacio in the 47th minute and the second on a thunderous strike by Kevin Ogudugu in the 58th minute.
- It marked the third meeting between Virginia and Virginia Tech, the first time the two schools played three times in one season.
- Including draws in 2016 and 2018 along with a loss in the fall, the win was the first over Virginia Tech at Klöckner Stadium since 2014. Virginia owns a 42-5-6 advantage in the all-time series with its commonwealth foe.
NOTES AND TRENDS
- Virginia has won three-straight matches at Klöckner Stadium and have not been scored upon on their home pitch this spring.
- The Cavaliers moved up two spots in the College Soccer News National rankings to No. 22. The United Soccer Coaches poll is scheduled to come out Tuesday afternoon.
- Including Friday’s win, the Cavaliers are 4-0-1 when tied at the half in 2020-21
- Redshirt freshman Nick Berghold was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal against Virginia Tech, the first assist of his career. He has five points (2g, 1a) in 10 games played in 2020-21.
- Virginia is two wins shy of No. 800 all-time. The Cavaliers entered 2020 with the fifth most wins of any Division I College soccer program and the most among any ACC School
- Oliver Gerbig and Irakoze Donasiyano are the only two Cavaliers to have played every minute of action this season. Donasiyano made his 53rd consecutive start in Friday’s match against Virginia Tech.
- The goalkeeping combination of Colin Shutler and Alex Rando have combined for 44 saves in 2020-21, the most in the ACC.
NOTING THE BEARS
- The Bears began their spring season on Feb. 3 and has one match remaining on their schedule after their visit to Charlottesville.
- In six games this spring, Central Arkansas is 3-2-1 and in its last match lost at Lipscomb, 2-1 on March 16.
- Central Arkansas went 3-3 in Sun Belt play this past fall and played to a 1-1 draw in the conference semifinals before Georgia State advanced on PKs.
- Head coach Ross Duncan led Central Arkansas to its first ever NCAA Tournament in 2017 and returned again in 2018 after winning back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Championships.