No. 22 Virginia Men's Soccer Set To Face N.C. State On Saturday

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Virginia's Ian Holder.
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Virginia's Ian Holder.
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Oct. 1, 2004

VIRGINIA'S RANKINGS/RECORD: Virginia (6-2-0, 1-1-0 ACC) is ranked #22 by Soccer America and #21 by the NSCAA/adidas in the Top-25 polls. UVa began the 2004 season ranked #8 in College Soccer News' Preseason Top-30 poll, #11 in Soccer America's Preseason Top-25 poll, #13 in the Soccer Times Preseason Top-25 poll and #20 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25 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).

`HOOS UP NEXT?: Virginia (6-2-0, 1-1-0 ACC) will face the N.C. State Wolfpack (4-3-1, 0-1-1 ACC) in an Atlantic Coast Conference match on Saturday, October 2nd at 7:00 PM at UVa's Klockner Stadium.

THE SERIES WITH N.C. STATE: Virginia leads the series with N.C. State by the margin of 37-16-6. The UVa vs. NCSU series dates back to the 1949 season. N.C. State defeated Virginia by the score of 2-1 in Raleigh, N.C. in the first meeting between the two schools.

LAST TIME THEY MET: N.C. State defeated Virginia by the score of 1-0 on September 28, 2003 in Raleigh, N.C. the last time the two teams met.

VIRGINIA'S HUNTER FREEMAN RECORDING POINTS IN BUNCHES: Virginia's Hunter Freeman, a third-year defender/midfielder, entered this season with just four points resulting from four assists after two years of action. Eight games into the 2004 season, Freeman has scored nine points to more than doubles his two-year point total from the previous two seasons. In just a three-game stretch (against Manhattan, North Carolina and UMBC), Freeman scored seven points by posting one goal and five assists.

NINE OF UVA'S LAST 11 GAMES ARE AT HOME, INCLUDING CURRENT FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND: Beginning with its match against UMBC on September 29th to kick-off a five-game homestand, Virginia will play nine of its last 11 regular season games at home. UVa has a five-game homestand from September 29 - October 12, a three-game homestand from October 20 - October 27 and a regular season finale match at home against Maryland on November 5th. The only two remaining regular season roads games for the Cavaliers are on October 17th (at Clemson) and October 30th (at Virginia Tech).

TAR HEELS HAND CAVALIERS THEIR FIRST ACC LOSS OF THE SEASON: Virginia was dealt its first ACC loss of the season after falling to North Carolina by the score of 2-1 on September 26th in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cavaliers won their ACC-opening match against Wake Forest, on the road, 2-1 on September 17th in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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 148-22-7 at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers are currently 4-0-0 at home this season (2004). Virginia finished the 2003 season with a home record of 8-5-0 including a mark of 1-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament at home. In 2002, the Cavaliers finished the regular season a perfect 12-0-0 at home and finished the 2002 season 12-1-0 at home. Virginia is 21-7 in NCAA Tournament games held at Klöckner Stadium during the past 12 seasons, outscoring its opposition 63-26 in those games.

GELNOVATCH TOPS 100 VICTORIES 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 has coached eight season at UVa, and has recorded 131 wins as a head coach at Virginia with a career record of 131-47-14, including a mark of 30-14-6 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).

FREEMAN'S FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL NOT QUITE AS PLANNED: Virginia defender Hunter Freeman scored the first goal of his career in UVa's 4-1 victory over Manhattan on September 21st. However, his goal (which eventual became the game-winning score) wasn't even planned to be a shot attempt. Freeman fielded a live ball out in the right flank and served up a nicely place cross into the box. The ball started to hook towards the goal as Manhattan's goalkeeper tried to make a play on the ball. The keeper attempted to pull in the ball near the far post, but could not control the ball as it dropped in front of him and then into the goal for a score.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Virginia has played and defeated two teams in the early portion of its 2004 schedule from the state of New York. UVa defeated Long Island 3-0 on September 5th and defeated Manhattan 4-1 on September 21st.

AYOTTE STRIKES "GOAL" ON SECOND COLLEGIATE SHOT: UVa first-year forward Matt Ayotte scored the game-winning goal in Virginia's 2-1 victory over #2 ranked Wake Forest on September 17th in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ayotte netted the game-winning goal with just under 20 minutes remaining to play in the match to snap a 1-1 tie. Ayotte's goal, the first of his collegiate career, came on just his second collegiate shot in a UVa uniform.

VIRGINIA WINS ACC-OPENER OVER WAKE FOREST: Virginia made a big statement in winning it's ACC-opener against #2 ranked and previously undefeated Wake Forest. UVa rebounded from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat WFU 2-1 to beat the Demon Deacons for the fifth consecutive time. The victory also marked the third consecutive time Virginia defeated Wake Forest at WFU's Spry Soccer Stadium.

GELNOVATCH RECORDS 30TH ACC VICTORY IN WIN OVER WAKE FOREST: With Virginia's 2-1 victory over Wake Forest on September 17th, UVa head coach George Gelnovatch recorded his 30th career ACC coaching victory. The win lifted Gelnovatch to 30-13-6 all-time in ACC contests as of 9/17/04. Gelnovatch's 30 ACC wins are second to only Bruce Arena's 74 ACC victories (74-21-11) in UVa men's soccer history. The third highest ACC win total behind Gelnovatch and Arena is 10 conference victories.

VIRGINIA RECORDS FIRST VICTORY OVER A RANKED OPPONENT THIS SEASON: With its 2-1 victory over #2 Wake Forest on September 17th in Winston-Salem, N.C., Virginia posted its first win over a ranked opponent in 2004. UVa lost its first contest to a ranked opponent this season when #8 Saint Louis defeated Virginia 2-1 on September 12th in St. Louis, Mo. The Cavaliers were 4-4-1 against ranked teams last season (2003).

UVA'S BURKE & FREEMAN MAKE SAINT LOUIS NIKE CLASSIC All-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Virginia goalkeeper Ryan Burke and defender Hunter Freeman were each named to the 2004 Saint Louis Nike Classic All-Tournament Team. The honor marked the second time the duo received all-tournament honors in as many weeks. The previous weekend, Burke, Freeman and forward Adam Cristman were named to the 2004 Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.

VIRGINIA FINISHES THIRD IN SAINT LOUIS NIKE CLASSIC: Virginia placed third in the 2004 Saint Louis Soccer Classic (September 10th & 12th at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.). UVa went 1-1-0 in the event after defeating Cincinnati 1-0 on September 10th before falling to host Saint Louis by the score of 2-1 on September 12th. SMU won the tournament by going 2-0-0. SLU edged UVa for second place after both teams finished 1-1-0 (Saint Louis won the head-to-head matchup) and Cincinnati took fourth place with an 0-2-0 record.

CAVALIERS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON: Virginia suffered its first loss of the 2004 season when it fell by the score of 2-1 to the #8 ranked Saint Louis Billikens in the 2004 Saint Louis Nike Classic in St. Louis, Mo. The loss was UVa's first since dropping a 3-1 decision to Creighton in the 2003 NCAA Tournament on November 30th in Charlottesville.

UVA RECORDS THREE CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS: With its 1-0 victory over Cincinnati on September 10th in the Saint Louis Nike Classic, Virginia recorded its third consecutive shutout of the season. UVa also shut out Marshall (3-0 on September 3rd) and Long Island (2-0 on September 5th) in the Virginia Soccer Classic.

UVA RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS OVER MARSHALL & LONG ISLAND IN VIRGINIA SOCCER CLASSIC: Virginia began the regular season portion of its 2004 schedule with a pair of shutout victories over the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Long Island Blackbirds in the 2004 Virginia Soccer Classic. UVa defeated Marshall by the score of 3-0 in the Cavaliers' season-opener before posting a 2-0 victory over Long Island.

CRISTMAN, FREEMAN & BURKE NAMED TO VIRGINIA SOCCER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Virginia's trio of Adam Cristman (forward), Hunter Freeman (defender) and Ryan Burke (goalkeeper) were named to the 2004 Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team. The trio guided UVa to a 2-0 record and a second place finish in the tournament following a 3-0 victory over Marshall before posting a 2-0 win over Long Island. Cristman scored three goals in the event (two against Marshall and the game-wining goal against Long Island), Freeman had the game-winning assist on Cristman's goal against Long Island and provided excellent defense to help the Cavaliers post two shutout victories, while Burke tallied five saves to help preserve back-to-back shutouts in goal.

FIRST TIME FOR FIRST-YEARS: Virginia's first-year wave of Dane Murphy, Chris Tierney, Zola Short, Matt Ayotte, Matt Williams and Jeremy Barlow all experienced their first collegiate game in a Cavalier uniform in the 2004 Virginia Soccer Classic Tournament (September 3rd & 5th). Murphy, Tierney, Short, Ayotte and Williams made their UVa debut in Virginia's 3-0 victory over Marshall on September 3rd, while Barlow made his UVa debut and his first collegiate start in Virginia's 2-0 victory over Long Island on September 5th. Cavalier first-year Nico Colaluca made his first ever collegiate start and appearance in Virginia's 1-0 victory over Cincinnati in the 2004 Saint Louis Nike Classic on September 10th. Also, Furman transfer Chefik Simo, who hasn't played since the 2002 season, made his first appearance in a Cavalier uniform by playing in Virginia's match against Marshall.

HOME-OPENERS: Virginia's record for home opening games stands at 43-15-3 (.730) all-time dating back to the start of the 1941 season. Over the last 36 years, Virginia has been nearly unbeatable in home openers. The Cavaliers have posted a record of 31-3-2 (.889) during that time span.

VIRGINIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The 2004 Virginia Soccer Classic marks the 20th consecutive year the Cavaliers have hosted a soccer tournament. UVa stands 30-6-4 (.800) all-time during that time span in tournament play in the Coca-Cola Classic (1985-1998) and the Virginia Soccer Classic (1999-2004).

VIRGINIA PICKED SECOND IN 2004 ACC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: With all 11 starters back from last season's ACC Championship squad, the University of Virginia men's soccer team was picked second in the 2004 Preseason Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Poll. The Cavaliers received 51 points and one first place vote in the poll. North Carolina was picked to finish first in the poll with 57 points and received four first-place votes. Maryland, Clemson and Virginia Tech also received a first-place vote in the poll. Wake Forest was picked to finish third in the poll with 45 points and was followed by Maryland in fourth with 40 points and Clemson in fifth with 31 points. Duke was picked sixth with 25 points, followed by league newcomer Virginia Tech in seventh with 21 points. N.C. State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 18 points. Here is a look at the poll:

2004 Preseason ACC Men's Soccer Poll

School  			Points		2003 Record
1.  North Carolina (4)	57		12-4-4 (2-3-1)
2.  Virginia (1)		51		11-10-2 (3-3-0)
3.  Wake Forest		45		15-5-0 (4-2-0)
4.  Maryland (1)		40		20-3-1 (5-1-0)
5.  Clemson (1)		31		9-7-4 (2-4-0)
6.  Duke			25		8-10-1 (2-4-0)
7.  Virginia Tech (1)	21		14-5-3 (7-3-0)*
8.  N.C. State		18		9-9-2 (2-3-1)

* denotes Big East conference record in 2003

VIRGINIA TIES SOUTH CAROLINA IN PRESEASON EXHIBITION MATCH, 0-0: The No. 8 ranked University of Virginia men's soccer team played the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 0-0 tie in an exhibition match on August 26th at USC's Eugene E. Stone III Stadium in Columbia, S.C. There was not an overtime period played in the contest. The match also marked the second consecutive year Virginia and South Carolina played to a scoreless overtime exhibition contest.

ORANGE DEFEATS BLUE IN BLUE/ORANGE EXHIBITION: The Orange Team defeated the Blue Team by the score of 3-1 in the University of Virginia men's soccer team's Blue/Orange exhibition match at UVa's Klockner Stadium on August 21st. Midfielder Sean Hinkle broke a 1-1 tie game and netted the eventual game-winning goal to propel the Orange Team to a two-goal victory. The match was the first of two exhibition contests schedule for the Cavaliers in the preseason. Hinkle and first-year midfielder Jeremy Barlow were named Co-Players of the Game for the Orange Team.

VIRGINIA PULLS IN ANOTHER TOP-NOTCH RECRUITING CLASS: UCLA's recruiting class was listed as the top class in the rankings, followed by Duke, South Florida, North Carolina and Maryland to round out the Top-5. Wake Forest fell in at #6, followed by SMU, Virginia Tech, UC Santa Barbara and Clemson to fill out the Top-10. Other schools listed ahead of UVa in the rankings were Notre Dame, Oregon State, Connecticut, Indiana and New Mexico, respectively. The Cavaliers are coming off the heels of a 2003 season where they finished 11-10-2 overall, 3-3-0 in the ACC. Virginia won the 2003 ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd consecutive year before bowing out in the NCAA Third Round. UVa relied heavily on its 2003 recruiting class of newcomers to fill several valuable roles last season. Virginia's 2003 recruiting class was ranked eighth in the nation in last year's College Soccer News Top-40 2003 Recruiting Classes poll.

VIRGINIA RANKED 11TH IN SOCCER AMERICA TOP-25 PRESEASON POLL: The University of Virginia men's soccer team was ranked 11th in the 2004 Soccer America Preseason Top-25 poll. Virginia, the 2003 ACC Champion, returns all 11 starters from last year's NCAA qualifying team. UVa was also ranked No. 8 in the College Soccer News Preseason Top-30 poll and No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25 poll last week. Virginia is one of five schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) ranked in the 2004 Soccer America Preseason Top-25 poll. The Cavaliers were joined by ACC members Wake Forest (#4), North Carolina (#6), Maryland (#15) and Clemson (#22) in the poll. UVa was also one of two schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked in the poll as the Cavaliers were joined by Virginia Commonwealth (#16) in the Top-25.

VIRGINIA RANKED 20TH IN NSCAA/ADIDAS TOP-25 PRESEASON POLL: The University of Virginia men's soccer team was ranked 20th in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25 poll. Virginia, the 2003 ACC Champion, returns all 11 starters from last year's NCAA qualifying team that finished ranked 17th in the 2003 NSCAA/adidas final national rankings. UVa was also ranked No. 8 in the College Soccer News Preseason Top-30 poll last week. Virginia is one of four schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) ranked in the 2004 NSCAA/adidas Preseason Top-25 poll. Virginia was joined by ACC members Maryland (#3), North Carolina (#6) and Wake Forest (#8) in the poll. UVa was also one of three schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked in the poll as the Cavaliers were joined by Virginia Commonwealth (#13) and Old Dominion (#18) in the Top-25.

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY & HOW IN 2003?: Virginia finished the 2003 season with a record of 11-10-2 overall, 3-3-0 in the ACC. UVa turned in a mark of 1-0-2 in the ACC Tournament to claim the ACC Championship and finished 2-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round. The Cavaliers were 8-5-0 at home, 1-4-0 on the road and 2-1-2 on neutral sites. Virginia was 4-4-1 in matches against ranked opponents and played in 10 matches being a ranked team. UVa was 0-2-2 in overtime matches. The Cavaliers averaged 1,844 spectators per game as a total for all games, including an average of 1,713 at home. UVa averaged 1,626 spectators per game on the road and 2,403 spectators per game on neutral sites. Virginia's total season attendance was 44,412 for all games, including 22,265 at home. UVa scored 29 goals and gave up 29 goals. The Cavaliers outshot their opponents 331-229 for the season.