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No. 12 UVa Travels To No. 5 UNC Friday Night

CHARLOTTESVILLE  - The 12th-ranked Virginia men's soccer team travels to ACC foe and fifth-ranked North Carolina on Friday night for a 7 p.m. match. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.

Virginia (6-2, 1-2 ACC) is 1-1 against ranked opponents this season. The Cavaliers beat then-No. 2 Wake Forest on the road, 1-0 (Sept. 18) and fell to then-No. 19 Duke, 1-0 (Sept. 11) in double overtime.

The Cavaliers are coming off of an 1-0 double-overtime victory over VCU on Tuesday (Sept. 29) night. Chris Agorsor's (Severn, Md.) golden goal with one minute left in the second extra period lifted UVa to its sixth victory of the season. For Agorsor, it was his first goal of the season after tallying four goals last year.

Neil Barlow (Herndon, Va.) continues to lead the squad with three goals and two assists for eight points, followed by Tony Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) with three goals.

UVa goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has allowed just four goals in eight games, and leads the ACC with a goals-against average of 0.50.

UVa head coach George Gelnovatch recently notched his 200th-career victory on Sept. 22 vs. George Washington. Now in his 14th season as head coach of the Cavaliers, Gelnovatch has an overall record 201-78-22.

No. 5 North Carolina is led by Michael Farfan (four goals), Billy Schuler (three goals) and Cameron Brown (three goals). UNC goalkeeper Brooks Haggerty has recorded three shutouts while allowing five goals.

Virginia holds a slight advantage in the all-time series with Carolina, 34-33-7. Last season, the Cavaliers won, 1-0, in Chapel Hill.

UVa will return to Klöckner Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for a match vs. Longwood that begins at 7 p.m.

 

 

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