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Cavaliers Take On Wright State Tuesday

Chris Somerville

Oct. 15, 2012

 Virginia vs. Wright State
 Date/Time  Tue., Oct. 16, 2012 | 7 p.m.
 Location  Charlottesville, Va. | Klockner Stadium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer team takes on Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Klöckner Stadium in its final non-conference match of the regular season. It marks the first contest between the Cavaliers and Raiders in men's soccer.

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Virginia: 6-6-1 (1-4-0 ACC)
Wright State: 3-8-1 (1-2-1 Horizon)

Last Time Out: Cavaliers Fall to No. 18 Wake Forest
Virginia lost 4-1 to No. 18 Wake Forest Friday night in ACC play at Klöckner Stadium. Will Bates (Sr., Chester, Va.) scored the Cavaliers' goal in the 79th minute.

Wake Forest took advantage of a Virginia miscue to grab an early lead just over five minutes into the match. After a UVa turnover deep in its own territory, Wake capitalized when Jared Watts flipped a pass ahead to Sean Okoli, who found himself alone in the box and fired a shot past UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (So., Raleigh, N.C.).

The Cavaliers held the advantage in shots in the first half (8-5), but the game turned during a two-minute span in the second half as Wake Forest scored two goals just 1:39 apart to break the game open.

Senior Night on Friday
Virginia will conduct Senior Night ceremonies Friday night prior to the Cavaliers' 6:30 p.m. game against Virginia Tech. Please note the early game time.

Six UVa fourth-years will be honored: Will Bates, Shane Cooke, Marcus Douglas, Matt Miscione, Sean Murnane and Will Whorton.

Virginia Quick Notes
• Virginia is 5-2-1 in non-conference play this season.
• Virginia's 13 opponents thus far have a combined 105-40-14 record (.704).
• UVa has played four of the current top 10-ranked teams (Georgetown, UCLA, UNC, Maryland).
• Ten of UVa's opponents have been ranked at some point this season. The Cavaliers are 4-5-1 against these squads; four of the five losses were by a goal (two in OT).
• Nine of UVa's 13 matches have been decided by one goal or fewer. UVa is 4-4-1 in these matches.
• Both of UVa's starting lineups last week featured 10 underclassmen, including six freshmen.
• Underclassmen have played 81.3 percent of the possible minutes through 13 matches (10,851 of 13,392).

Noting Wright State
Virginia is playing Wright State tonight for the first time in men's soccer. WSU is 3-8-1 and 1-2-1 in the Horizon League this year, but five of its defeats have come by one goal, including a 1-0 overtime decision against then-No. 16 Coastal Carolina.

Brett Elder leads the Raiders with five goals, while Derek Zuniga boasts three goals as well as four assists. UVa and Wright State share one common opponent this year: Xavier. The Cavaliers tied the Musketeers at home, 1-1, while WSU lost at Xavier, 2-1.

Up Next
Virginia faces Virginia Tech at 6:30 p.m. Friday in ACC play. The game will be televised by the ACC's Regional Sports Networks (Comcast SportsNet in the Virginia area), and the first 3,500 fans in attendance with receive a Virginia Soccer scarf. It also is Cavman's Crew Day, and the fourth set of trading cards will be handed out.




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