Sept. 23, 2003
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
#7 Virginia Cavaliers (4-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 ACC)
William & Mary Tribe (4-2-0, 0-0-0 CAA)
VIRGINIA'S RANKINGS/RECORD: Virginia is ranked #7 in the Soccer America Top 25 and is ranked #18 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 polls this week. UVa entered the 2003 season ranked in several national preseason polls. Virginia was ranked #14 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25, #16 in the SoccerTimes Top 25, #19 in the Soccer America Top 25 and #21 in the College Soccer News' Poll. Since the beginning of the 1984 season, the Cavaliers have been the top-ranked team in 71 Soccer America polls and 55 NSCAA polls (formerly the ISAA poll). Virginia was ranked in 183 consecutive NSCAA polls dating back to September of 1983 until the streak was snapped on 10/25/99, and was ranked in 177 consecutive Soccer America polls since September of 1984 until the streak ended on 10/4/99.
VIRGINIA VS. WILLIAM & MARY SERIES: Virginia leads the all-time series history with William & Mary in men's soccer 14-7-4 (.640) in a series that started back in 1968. The Cavaliers have outscored the Tribe 39-25 through the 25 matches played. Although UVa leads the all-time series with W&M, the Tribe has had the upper hand over UVa since 1998. William & Mary has gone 4-1-1 against Virginia since 1998 including a victory over UVa last year in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Championship. W&M has won the last two matches it has played against UVa, with both matches occurring last season (2002).
'HOOS AGAINST THE TOP 25: With its 1-0 shutout victory over #4 North Carolina on September 21st, Virginia improved its record to 2-2-0 (.500) against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. UVa also defeated #2 Wake Forest 2-1 and dropped a pair of games to #13 Saint Louis (3-2 in OT) and #1 UCLA (4-0). Here is a look at Virginia's matches against the Top 25:
Date Opponents Score Location
8/31 #13 Saint Louis L, 3-2 Charlottesville, Va.
9/7 #1 UCLA L, 4-0 College Park, Md.
9/13 #2 Wake Forest W, 2-1 Charlottesville, Va.
9/21 #4 North Carolina W, 1-0 Charlottesville, Va.
LITTLEFIELD NETS BACK-TO-BACK GAME-WINNING GOALS: It took Mike Littlefield six games to finally scratch into the "goal scored" column on the stat sheet, but when he finally did, he made an impact in a big way. Littlefield, a third-year transfer from Coastal Carolina, went scoreless through UVa's first five matches but ended up scoring the game-winning goals in a pair of 1-0 shutout victories over Mount St. Mary's (Sept. 17th) and North Carolina (Sept. 21st). Both of Littlefield's game-winning goals were headers.
Mike Littlefield NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Virginia's Mike Littlefield was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week in men's soccer (September 22nd). Littlefield, a third-year forward who transferred to UVa from Coastal Carolina, scored two game-winning goals for the Cavaliers on the week to lead Virginia past Mount St. Mary's (1-0 on September 17th) and #4 North Carolina (1-0 on September 21st). Both of his goals were headers that proved to be the game-winning scores. Littlefield is the second Virginia men's soccer players to be recognized by the ACC this season as the Player of the Week. On September 15th, UVa's Adam Cristman gathered the honor.
CAVALIERS UPEND TAR HEELS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY: Virginia increased its current win streak to three games after UVa defeated #4 North Carolina 1-0 on September 21st. The Cavaliers also defeated Mount St. Mary's (1-0 on September 17th) and #2 Wake Forest (2-1 on September 13th) to begin the season-high win streak.
MATT OLIVER & Mike Littlefield GATHER NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Virginia's Matt Oliver and Mike Littlefield were recently named to select national squads for their performances during a respective week of play. Oliver was honored by Soccer America after being named to Soccer America's Team of the Week for week three (September 8-14) and Littlefield was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week (ending September 21st).
UVA ABOVE .500 FOR FIRST TIME IN 2003: With its 1-0 shutout victory over #4 ranked North Carolina on September 21st, Virginia raised its record above .500 for the first time this season, improving to 4-3-0.
UVA VS. UNC GAME RESCHEDULED: The Virginia men's soccer program announced a change to its 2003 schedule concerning its match against the North Carolina Tar Heels. UVa's game with UNC, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 PM, was rescheduled for Sunday, September 21st at 2:00 PM. The match with be played at Virginia's Klöckner Stadium. The game date and time were changed because of inclement weather expected to occur in the Charlottesville area.
VIRGINIA REACHES .500 FOR FIRST TIME IN 2003: Following its 1-0 shutout victory over Mount St. Mary's, Virginia evened its record to 3-3-0 (.500) on the season. The feat marked the first time in 2003 that UVa was either at or above the .500 mark.
MIKE LITTLEFIELD'S FIRST GOAL AS A CAVALIER A GAME-WINNER: It took him six games into the 2003 season to score his first goal as a member of the Cavaliers, but Mike Littlefield made it count as he scored the game-winning goal in Virginia's 1-0 shutout victory over Mount St. Mary's. Littlefield, a transfer from Coastal Carolina, scored the game-winning goal on a header off of a cross from teammate John Hartman.
HARTMAN DISHES OUT FIRST CAREER GAME-WINNING ASSIST: UVa defender John Hartman recorded his first collegiate game-winning assist when he sent a cross to teammate Mike Littlefield that was put away for the game-winning goal in Virginia's 1-0 shutout victory over Mount St. Mary's. Hartman's assist was his first of the 2003 season and the second assist of his career.
CRISTMAN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UVa's Adam Cristman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Men's Soccer Player of the Week. Cristman, a first-year forward for UVa, scored the game-winning goal in Virginia's 2-1 victory over #3 ranked Wake Forest on September 13th. Cristman is tied for the team-high in points (four) and goals scored (two). Both of his goals were game-winners.
VIRGINIA RECORDS FIRST WIN OVER TOP 25 & IN THE ACC WITH 2-1 VICTORY OVER #3 WAKE FOREST: Virginia defeated its first ranked opponent of the 2003 season and won its ACC-opener by defeating the #3 ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons by the score of 2-1 on September 13th at Klöckner Stadium. UVa's Matt Oliver scored the Cavaliers' first goal and first-year Adam Cristman scored the game-winner to lead UVa past WFU.
ADAM CRISTMAN'S FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL A GAME-WINNER: UVa's Adam Cristman scored his first collegiate goal, and it couldn't be any bigger. Cristman lifted Virginia to a 1-0 shutout victory over the American Eagles in the first match of the 2003 Maryland/adidas Soccer Classic at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md when he scored the lone goal of the match. Teammate Kirk Dinnall found Cristman with a through pass that Cristman gathered before one-timing into the back of the AU net for the game-winning score.
UVA'S MATT OLIVER & Will Hall NAMED TO 2003 MARYLAND SOCCER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Virginia's had two players named to the 2003 Maryland Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team. UVa's duo of Matt Oliver and Will Hall were selected to the squad. Oliver was also named to the team in 2002.
CAVALIERS RECORD FIRST WIN IN 2003 WITH 1-0 SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER AMERICAN: Virginia posted its first win of the 2003 season by recording a 1-0 shutout victory over the American Eagles in the first match of the 2003 Maryland/adidas Soccer Classic at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. The Cavaliers' duo of Kirk Dinnall (assist) and Adam Cristman (goal) hooked-up on a game-winning play to give UVa its first win of the season.
UVA AVOIDS FIRST 0-3 START SINCE 1966: Virginia avoided its first 0-3 start since 1966 when UVa went winless for the season at 0-10 after the Cavaliers defeated the American Eagles by the score of 1-0 in the first match of the 2003 Maryland/adidas Soccer Classic at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md.
VIRGINIA STARTS 1-3 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1983: With its 1-3 record four games into the 2003 season, Virginia matched its start from all the way back in the beginning of the 1983 season, 20 years ago. However, that UVa team would go on to win 15 of its last 17 games and advanced all the way to the NCAA Semifinals.
CAVALIERS AGAINST #1 RANKED TEAMS: When it comes to facing the number one ranked team in the nation, the Cavaliers are no stranger to the challenge or to a good outcome. Virginia has faced nine opponents ranked #1 in the nation according to Soccer America's Top 25 Poll. UVa stands 3-4-2 (.444) all-time against the #1 ranked team in the nation. However, the Cavaliers have won two of their last three meetings against the #1 ranked team, including a 1-0 shutout victory over previously undefeated Wake Forest in the 2002 ACC Tournament just last season. Virginia stands 3-1-2 (.667) in its last six meetings with the #1 ranked team in the land. Here is a look at Virginia's history against the #1 ranked team in the nation according to Soccer America:
Date Opponents Score Location
9/7/03 UCLA def. UVa 4-0 College Park, Md.
11/15/02 UVa def. Wake Forest 1-0 Cary, N.C.
12/11/94 UVa def. Indiana 1-0 Davidson, N.C.
10/28/90 UVa tied Clemson 1-1 OT Clemson, S.C.
12/3/89 UVa tied Santa Clara 1-1 OT New Brunswick, NJ
11/1/85 UVa def. Clemson 2-0 Charlottesville, Va.
9/8/84 Indiana def. UVa 1-0 Bloomington, Ind.
10/30/83 Duke def. UVa 1-0 Durham, N.C.
10/18/80 UConn def. UVa 4-0 Storrs, Conn.
FIRST TIME FOR FIRST-YEARS: When UVa lined up to face Seton Hall in Virginia's season-opener (8/29), three true-freshman were in the starting lineup and made their first collegiate start. The Cavaliers' trio of Ryan Best (GK), Adam Cristman (F) and Will Hall (MF) made their first starts, while first-years Drew Harrison (MF) and Ian Holder (F) made their first appearances for UVa in the match. Brian Yi (MF) made his first appearance for the Cavaliers in UVa's next match against #13 Saint Louis (8/31), bringing the total number of UVa true-freshman to see action in the 2003 Virginia Soccer Classic to six.
VIRGINIA OFF TO FIRST 0-2 START SINCE 1974: Following its 1-0 shutout loss to Seton Hall (8/29) and its 3-2 overtime loss to #13 Saint Louis (8/31) in the 2003 Virginia Soccer Classic, UVa is off to its first 0-2 start since the start of the 1974 season. Virginia has not had an 0-3 start to a season since the 1966 season when UVa finished winless at 0-10.
UVA DROPS ITS FIRST SEASON OPENER SINCE 1997 AND FALLS IN ITS FIRST HOME OPENER SINCE 1994: Following Virginia's 1-0 shutout loss to Seton Hall (8/29) in the 2003 Virginia Soccer Classic, the defeat marked the first time UVa had lost its season opener since falling 3-1 to American on August 30, 1997 in Washington D.C. and marked the first time the Cavaliers has lost a home opener since September 3rd, 1994 when Boston University defeated UVa 3-2 in the 1994 Coca-Cola Classic.
VIRGINIA FALLS TO #13 SAINT LOUIS IN OVERTIME: Virginia rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit and tied the #13 ranked Saint Louis Billikens in the final game of the 2003 Virginia Soccer Classic (8/31), but were unable to pull out the win after Saint Louis scored the game-winning goal in overtime to down UVa, 3-2. The loss was Virginia's first to a ranked team in 2003.
FIRST 20 SECONDS OF MATCH DOOM VIRGINIA AGAINST SETON HALL: Virginia only allowed seven shots in its game against Seton Hall (8/29), but it was the first shot allowed that did the Cavaliers in, as UVa fell 1-0 to the Pirates. SHU scored just 20 second into the match and was outshot 19-6 for the game, but the Pirates were able to hold Virginia scoreless for the remaining 89:40 to secure the 1-0 shutout victory.
UVA'S MATT OLIVER & John Hartman NAMED TO 2003 VIRGINIA SOCCER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Virginia's had two players named to the 2003 Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team. UVa's defending duo of Matt Oliver and John Hartman were selected to the squad. Oliver was also named to the team in 2002.
VIRGINIA PLAYS TO SCORELESS TIE AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA: Virginia played to a scoreless tie against the South Carolina Gamecocks in an exhibition match at UVa's Klöckner Stadium. Both teams had several opportunities to net a goal, but solid goalkeeping and a few shots off the crossbar of the goals resulted in a 0-0 tie. There was no overtime period played in the match. UVa outshot USC by one (11-10) and had one more corner kick (7-6) but was unable to put in a goal. With the tie, Virginia ends it 2003 exhibition season with a record of 0-0-2. The match was South Carolina's only exhibition of the 2003 preseason.
VIRGINIA TIES ODU IN EXHIBITION MATCH: Virginia tied Old Dominion by the score of 1-1 in the Cavaliers' first exhibition game of the 2003 season on August 19th. UVa's Kirk Dinnall scored Virginia's goal and first-year forward Adam Cristman dished-out an assist in the match. First-year goalkeeper Ryan Best also gathered three saves in goal in the match.
VIRGINIA PICKED THIRD IN 2003 ACC COACHES PRESEASON POLL: The University of Virginia men's soccer team was picked to finish third in the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll. UVa, which received 30 points to record its third place spot, was predicted to finish behind only Maryland (first place/48 points) and Wake Forest (second place/40 points) as determined by a vote of the league's seven head coaches.
Maryland, the 2002 ACC Champions, has been selected as the favorite for the upcoming 2003 ACC Men's Soccer season with 48 points. The Terrapins finished the 2002 campaign with a 20-5 overall record, including a 4-2 league mark, and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup. Heading into 2003, Maryland edged out defending ACC regular-season champion Wake Forest.
WFU was predicted to finish runner-up to Maryland and finished second in the poll with 40 points. The Demon Deacons ended the 2002 regular-season with a 4-0-2 league record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship.
Finishing third in the poll was Virginia with 30 points. The Cavaliers advanced to the finals of the 2002 ACC Championship and made their fourth consecutive trip to the conference finals last season. Last year, Virginia made its 22nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship.
Completing the preseason poll in order of finish is North Carolina (28 points) in fourth place, Clemson (26 points) in fifth place, Duke (17 points) in sixth place and N.C. State (7 points) rounding out the poll in seventh place.
The ACC is considered by many to be one of the top soccer conferences in the nation. ACC schools have won 10 national championships in men's soccer over the last 19 years. Below is a listing of the 2003 preseason coaches' poll with 2002 records and regular season finishes.
2003 ACC COACHES MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
Rank School Points 2002 Record/Finish
1. Maryland 48 20-5, 4-2-0 ACC/2nd
2. Wake Forest 40 15-2-4, 4-0-2 ACC/1st
3. VIRGINIA 30 15-7, 3-3-0 ACC/4th
4. North Carolina 28 14-7-1, 3-2-1 ACC/3rd
5. Clemson 26 14-5-3, 2-3-1 ACC/6th
6. Duke 17 11-8-1, 3-3 ACC/5th
7. NC State 7 5-14, 0-6-0 ACC/7th
HOME SWEET HOME: Virginia has enjoyed much success playing in the friendly confines of Klöckner Stadium. One of the finest college soccer facilities in the country, Klöckner Stadium has been a very tough place for opponents to record a win. Since its opening in 1992, UVa has posted an eye-opening record of 139-19-7 (.864) at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers finished the 2002 regular season a perfect 12-0-0 at home and finished the 2002 season 12-1-0. Virginia is 20-6 (.769) in NCAA Tournament games held at Klöckner Stadium during the past 11 seasons, outscoring its opposition 60-23 in those games.
GELNOVATCH TOPS 100 AND IS CLIMBING: UVa men's soccer head soccer coach George Gelnovatch recorded his 100th career head coaching victory on August 30th, 2002 when Virginia defeated #25 Kentucky by the score of 3-2. Gelnovatch, in his eighth season as head coach at UVa, has recorded 114 wins as a head coach at Virginia with a career record of 118-38-12, including a mark of 28-10-6 in the ACC. By reaching the 100-win mark, it makes him only the second UVa men's soccer coach to record the milestone. Former Virginia men's soccer head coach Bruce Arena holds UVa's all-time coaching victory mark with 295 (295-59-31, 74-21-11 ACC).
HOME OPENERS: Following its 1-0 loss to Seton Hall on August 29, 2003, Virginia's home-opener record fell to to 42-15-3 (.725) all-time dating back to the start of the 1941 season. However, over the last 35 years, Virginia has been nearly unbeatable in home openers. The Cavaliers have posted a record of 30-3-2 (.886) during that time span. Prior to its loss to Seton Hall in 2003, the last time Virginia was defeated in a home opener was on September 3, 1994 when Boston University handed the Cavaliers a 3-2 defeat. Although UVa began that season with a loss, Virginia didn't miss a beat the rest of the season and closed out the year with its fifth National Championship.
VIRGINIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The 2003 season marked the 19th consecutive year the Cavaliers hosted a soccer tournament. Virginia stands 28-6-4 (.790) all-time during that time span in tournament play in the Coca-Cola Classic (1985-1998) and the Virginia Soccer Classic (1999-2002). Here is a year-by-year look at UVa's results:
1985 West Virginia W 3-0 1-0-0
George Washington W 4-1 2-0-0
1986 Richmond W 3-0 3-0-0
Cornell W 2-0 4-0-0
1987 Wake Forest W 3-0 5-0-0
Adelphi W 1-0 6-0-0
1988 Illinois State W 2-0 7-0-0
William & Mary W 1-0 8-0-0
1989 UNC-Charlotte W 2-0 9-0-0
Charleston W 6-0 10-0-0
1990 Army W 4-0 11-0-0
South Carolina T 1-1 11-0-1
1991 Creighton T 3-3 11-0-2
Rutgers W 2-1 12-0-2
1992 Penn State W 4-0 13-0-2
Seton Hall W 4-1 14-0-2
1993 Florida International W 3-1 15-0-2
Connecticut W 5-1 16-0-2
1994 Boston University L 2-3 16-1-2
St. John's W 2-0 17-1-2
1995 UNLV W 3-0 18-1-2
Boston College W 3-2 19-1-2
1996 Cal-State Fullerton T 2-2 19-1-3
Saint Louis W 2-1 20-1-3
1997 Akron W 5-1 21-1-3
Florida International T 1-1 21-1-4
1998 American L 1-2 21-2-4
Adelphi W 3-0 22-2-4
1999 Seton Hall W 4-3 23-2-4
Gonzaga L 2-3 23-3-4
2000 South Florida W 3-2 24-3-4
Jacksonville W 7-1 25-3-4
2001 Liberty W 2-1 26-3-4
UCLA T 2-2 26-4-4
2002 Kentucky W 3-2 27-4-4
Rhode Island W 2-1 28-4-4
2003 Seton Hall L 1-0 28-5-4
Saint Louis L 3-2 29-6-4