The men’s soccer team earned its 27th-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and will host St. Peter’s Friday at 5 p.m.
Question: What are your thoughts about your first round opponent and location?
Gelnovatch: I am glad that we earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament and I thought we deserved it. I’m also excited that we have another home game for our fans. We are playing on Friday at 5 p.m., so hopefully on the day after Thanksgiving people will want to come out and see us play.
Question: What is your favorite NCAA Tournament memory from your playing days? As a coach?
Gelnovatch: My first year playing at Virginia my team advanced to the final four of the NCAA Tournament, and as far as my playing days that was the farthest I ever went and we had a really good run. So that experience for me would be my favorite memory. As a head coach, I’ve advanced to the College Cup so both of those opportunities were very memorable
Question: What player is going to surprise people this postseason?
Gelnovatch: Well Jeremy Barlow has been out with an injury, so hopefully he will be back and get himself going. Also Jonathan Villanueva has been playing great so he has potential to surprise some people if he is playing his best.
Question: Virginia has earned a berth to 27-straight NCAA Tournaments. What does that mean to you and your program?
Gelnovatch: It is an outstanding achievement and great for the program. It speaks to the rich history and tradition at UVa. I’ve been fortunate to be part of it as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach for nearly 25 years.
Question: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? What are your plans for the holiday?
Gelnovatch: [Laughs] Well usually my Thanksgiving tradition involves a meal at someplace like Denny’s, because I’m either on the road or recruiting. But this year I am having the team over to my house for dinner. Thanksgiving for me has always been synonymous with soccer.
Afamefuna Thriving in New RoleMen's Soccer4/24/17After making the ACC's All-Freshman team as a defender last fall, Virginia's Robin Afamefuna is looking to contribute more at the attacking end this year.'Hoos Head Into Postseason on High NoteWomen's Lacrosse4/22/17In its regular-season finale, Virginia clinched the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament with a 6-5 win over Virginia Tech at Klöckner Stadium.Coleman Making Most of OpportunityFootball4/21/17Lester Coleman, who'll be a redshirt junior in the fall, has emerged as a strong candidate to succeed Nicholas Conte as Virginia's punter.
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.
Jeff White: Afamefuna Thriving in New Role
M. Soccer | 4/24/2017
An ACC All-Freshman selection as a defender last fall, Virginia's Robin Afamefuna is looking to...
Caldwell, Lowe Named to All-ACC Academic Team
M. Soccer | 2/7/2017
Caldwell, a history major, earned his second All-ACC Academic Team distinction in as many seasons...
Claudio Reyna Named to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
M. Soccer | 1/18/2017
UVA soccer alum played for 13 years with U.S. National Team and competed in four FIFA World Cups.
Opoku Named NSCAA Second-Team All-American
M. Soccer | 12/9/2016
Opoku finished second on the team with six goals in 2016, including five game-winning scores.
Opoku and Nus Earn NSCAA All-South Region Honors
M. Soccer | 12/6/2016
Opoku was a first-team selection at forward, while Nus earned a spot on the third team at defender.
Jeff White: Soccer Teams Turn Attention to 2017
M. Soccer | 12/2/2016
Virginia's soccer teams are fixtures in their respective NCAA tournaments, and 2017 should bring ...
UVA's Season Ends in Double OT Loss at Stanford
M. Soccer | 11/27/2016
Seeded No. 12 in the tournament, the Cavaliers finish their season with an 11-4-5 record.
UVA Travels to Stanford Sunday for NCAA 3rd Round
M. Soccer | 11/25/2016
- Online Stores