Oct. 27, 2016
|Duke at No. 17 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Fri., Oct. 28, 2016 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium|
|Multimedia||ACC Network Extra (Live Video) | GameTracker|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 17 Virginia men’s soccer team wraps up the 2016 regular season at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Duke at Klöckner Stadium. Prior to the match, Virginia will honor seven fourth-year student-athletes during Senior Night ceremonies.
The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. A link to live statistics can be located at VirginiaSports.com. In-game updates will be provided on the UVA Men’s Soccer Twitter account, @UVAMenSoccer.
Virginia: 8-2-5 (ACC: 2-2-3/9 points)
Duke: 7-6-2 (ACC: 2-4-1/7 points)
Senior Night Ceremonies
Prior to the match, Virginia will hold Senior Night ceremonies on the field and honor seven fourth-year student-athletes. The fourth-year class: Pablo Aguilar, Nicko Corriveau, Paddy Foss, Hayes Fountain, Adam Prevost, Wesley Suggs and Sheldon Sullivan.
ACC Tournament Seeding at Stake
The UVA-Duke match holds big postseason implications. With nine points in ACC play (2-2-3 record), Virginia stands seventh in the conference heading into the final weekend of the regular season and can clinch a first-round ACC tournament home game with a win. Duke (2-4-1) is right on Virginia’s heels with seven points, tied with Virginia Tech for ninth place.
Seeds 5-8 will host ACC tournament first-round matches at 7 p.m. Wednesday. (Nov. 2) The top four seeds get first-round byes and will host quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Virginia holds a 40-36-10 all-time record against Duke. The sides last played on Sept. 11, 2015, in Durham, a 2-2 draw following two overtime periods.
UVA is unbeaten (3-0-3) in its last six matches with the Blue Devils, although each was determined by one goal or a draw. Duke’s last win against UVA came on Sept. 11, 2009, at Klöckner Stadium.
Virginia is No. 15 in the latest RPI, while Duke stands at No. 91 following its big win against Notre Dame last Friday.
UVA Looks to Finish Unbeaten at Home
Virginia is unbeaten (6-0-4) on its home pitch at Klöckner Stadium this season and in 13 straight matches dating to 2015. UVA has outscored its opponents 19-6 at home this year. Now in its 73rd year of men’s soccer, Virginia is playing its 25th season of soccer at Klöckner Stadium. UVA has a 263-52-24 record at the venerable facility.
Since allowing six goals on Sept. 24 at Louisville, Virginia has conceded only twice as UVA has gone on an eight-match unbeaten streak. UVA has not been scored on in its last three matches, dating to an 82nd-minute penalty kick on Oct. 11 against Radford (318 total minutes).
Since the Louisville match, UVA has outscored its foes 12-2 while going 5-0-3, its longest unbeaten streak since 2013.
Caldwell Strong in Goal
Jeff Caldwell is having a standout junior season in goal. He owns seven shutouts in 15 matches. With 15 career shutouts, Caldwell is tied with Brock Yetso (1995-98) for seventh in program history, one shy of sixth. His 0.92 career goals-against average currently ranks seventh in the university’s all-time annals. He also stands eighth in program history with 125 saves.
Duke won its third straight match on Tuesday, winning 1-0 in overtime at Elon. The Blue Devils took down Notre Dame last Friday, 2-1 in overtime, in Durham. Cameron Moseley and Brian White top the team with five goals each, while Suniel Veerakone follows with three goals and five assists.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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