Sept. 24, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer team continues a busy stretch of matches at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to unbeaten VCU for a non-conference game at Sports Backers Stadium. It marks UVa's first midweek non-conference game on the road since the 2008 season.
A live, subscription-based video feed from VCU will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Live statistics also will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia: 4-3-1 (1-1-0 ACC)
VCU: (4-0-2, 0-0-0 A-10)
Virginia leads the all-time series with VCU, 20-2-1. The teams last played on Sept. 29, 2009, with the then-No. 12 Cavaliers pulling out a 1-0 win at Klöckner Stadium on Chris Agorsor's goal with a minute remaining in double overtime.
Virginia-North Carolina Recap
No. 8 North Carolina scored an early second-half goal and then withstood constant pressure throughout the second half from Virginia in posting a 1-0 win over the Cavaliers Friday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
After a scoreless and evenly-played first half, North Carolina struck quickly in the second half when Danny Garcia found Andy Craven streaking down the right flank. Craven then beat UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.) through the wickets from five yards out for the score.
UVa's offense pressed forward for most of the second half as the Cavaliers controlled possession and stayed in the UNC side of the field. UVa out-shot the Tar Heels 6-2 in the second half, while UNC did not attempt a shot in the final 25 minutes.
LaCivita made three saves - all in the first half - for Virginia. Scott Goodwin made six saves to earn the shutout for UNC. UVa out-shot the Tar Heels, 10-6, and both teams took six corner kicks. The match was riddled with 41 fouls - 23 for UNC and 18 for Virginia - as well as five yellow cards.
Bates Brothers Square Off
The Tuesday match features a sibling showdown as brothers Will and Jack Bates play on opposite sides. Will is a senior foward at UVa, while Jack is a redshirt freshman defender at VCU.
Will leads UVa with five goals in seven matches, while Jack has played in two matches for the Rams. The brothers hail from nearby Chester, Va., and Thomas Dale High School, which are just south of Richmond.
Seven of Virginia's eight matches have been decided by one goal or a tie.
UVa's roster features 11 natives of the Commonwealth of Virginia; VCU boasts 14 Virginia natives.
The Cavaliers lost their last trip to VCU, 3-1, on Sept. 13, 2008.
UVa's nine opponents (including VCU) have a combined 42-14-11 record (.709 winning percentage)
VCU is the fourth straight team to have a week of rest in advance of its match with UVa; Clemson will become the fifth straight side to do so on Friday night. The Cavaliers have played on short rest in each of those matches.
New members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU is unbeaten this year but has not played since winning 2-1 at Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 14. The Rams also have defeated William and Mary (2-0), Winthrop (3-0) and Seton Hall (5-1), while earning draws against Bucknell (1-1) and UMBC (1-1).
VCU was slated to play at James Madison last Tuesday, but the game was postponed because of inclement weather.
Jason Johnson leads the team with five goals and an assist for 11 points. Goalkeeper Andrew Wells has made 20 saves and recorded a pair of shutouts in six matches this year.
Virginia returns home at 7 p.m. Friday to take on Clemson in an ACC encounter.