Nov. 7, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer program placed six players on the 2017 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, as voted by the league’s head coaches. Junior Jean-Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.) became the first Cavalier since 2014 to earn First Team All-ACC honors.
Koffi, a Second Team All-ACC selection in 2016, was the lone Virginia representative on the 11-player first team. The veteran midfielder has a career-high, 10 points (3g, 4a) in 18 games played this season. He has scored two game-winning goals this year including an overtime strike against Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.
The trio of Pablo Aguilar (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Jeff Caldwell (Todd, N.C.) and Edward Opoku (Millbrook, N.Y.) each were listed on the second team while junior Sergi Nus (Barcelona, Spain) was recognized on the third team for the second-straight year. First year midfielder Joe Bell (Wanaka, New Zealand) earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman team.
North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest each had five representatives between the first, second and third teams, tied for the most among the 12 ACC schools. Caldwell and Opoku were two of five players to earn All-ACC honors for a third time.
Opoku leads the Cavaliers with eight goals, including three game-winners. An All-American last season and listed on the preseason MAC Hermann Award watch list, Opoku earned second team All-ACC honors in 2016 and was on the Third Team in 2015 as a freshman. The forward’s 16 career goals are tied with Aguilar for the most among active Cavaliers.
Caldwell, Sunday afternoon’s shootout hero, was listed on the Second Team for the second-straight year. He has started each of the team’s 18 games this season and boasts a goals against average of 0.83, the fourth lowest in the league. He has recorded five shutouts in 2017 and his 22 career shutouts are the fourth most in program history.
Aguilar, the team’s second leading scorer with seven, has started every match for the Cavaliers this season. His 1,705 minutes played are the second most on the team. In Virginia’s first round matchup against Boston College on Nov. 1, Aguilar registered his first career multi-goal game with two first-half scores. In a stretch from Sept. 22-29, Aguilar either scored or recorded an assist in four-straight games.
From his center back position, Nus has produced six goals and an assist, both career bests. He has been the team’s go to on penalty kicks, converting all four of his attempts. The junior has started in all 18 games and leads the team in minutes with 1,717. He played every minute of 14-consecutive games beginning with UNCW on Sept. 4, a stretch that included seven overtime contests.
In his first season on grounds, Bell has been a consistent presence in the Cavalier midfield, starting all 18 games. He scored his first collegiate goal against No. 7 North Carolina on Sept. 22. and recorded an assist in a 2-1 win over UNCW on Sept. 4. In the ACC quarterfinal at No. 6 Louisville, Bell converted his PK attempt in the 4-3 shootout win.
The Cavaliers will be home on Wednesday night (Nov. 8) to host No. 13 Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
Littlepage Ready to Start Next ChapterGeneral Release11/24/17During Craig Littlepage's 16 years as athletics director, UVA teams have won 13 NCAA championships and 76 ACC titles.Cavaliers Looking to Build MomentumWomen's Basketball11/22/17Virginia (2-3) will play twice this weekend in the Cavalier Classic at John Paul Jones Arena: Saturday against Harvard and Sunday against Duquesne.'Hoos Eager to Seize Opportunity Friday NightFootball11/21/17At 8 p.m. Friday, in the annual battle for the Commonwealth Clash, UVA (6-5 overall, 3-4 ACC) meets Virginia Tech (8-3, 4-3) at Scott Stadium.
Director of News Content
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.
11th-seeded Virginia Upset by Fordham in Second Round
M. Soccer | 11/19/2017
Fordham broke a scoreless tie in the 83rd minute to advance to the Third Round of the NCAA...
Virginia Hosts Fordham in NCAA Second Round
M. Soccer | 11/18/2017
No. 8 Virginia will be home on Sunday night to take on Fordham in the Second Round of the 2017...
Cavalier Pro Soccer Update
M. Soccer | 11/16/2017
A total of 11 former Virginia men’s soccer players are playing in various professional...
Virginia Earns No. 11 Seed, First-Round Bye in NCAA Tournament
M. Soccer | 11/13/2017
The Virginia men’s soccer team will have first-round bye and be the No. 11 seed in the...
No. 17 Virginia ties Wake Forest in Championship, Falls in PKs
M. Soccer | 11/12/2017
Sixth-seeded Virginia tied No. 1 Wake Forest, 0-0 but fell, 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout.
Jeff White: 'Hoos Roll Into ACC Championship Game
M. Soccer | 11/9/2017
At noon Sunday, No. 6 seed Virginia meets top-seeded Wake Forest for the ACC title in Charleston,...
Sixth-Seeded Virginia Advances to ACC Title Game
M. Soccer | 11/08/2017
Joe Bell scored the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute to help No. 17 Virginia come away with a 2-1...
Six Cavaliers Recognized on All-ACC Teams
M. Soccer | 11/07/2017
The Virginia men’s soccer program placed six players on the 2017 All-Atlantic Coast...
- Online Stores