Virginia Men's Soccer Plays Host to No. 18 Wake Forest Friday Night
Cavaliers battle third straight ranked opponent
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Coming off a thrilling win Tuesday night, the Virginia men’s soccer team returns to ACC play at 7 p.m. Friday when it entertains No. 18 Wake Forest at Klöckner Stadium. The Demon Deacons are the third ranked side the Cavaliers will face in an eight-day span.
A live video webcast will be available on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live (subscription required). Live statistics will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Records and Rankings
Virginia: 6-5-1 (1-3-0 ACC)
Wake Forest: 7-2-4 (1-1-3 ACC); No. 18 (NSCAA), No. 21 (Soccer America)
Virginia-Wake Forest Series
Virginia owns a 35-8-6 all-time record against Wake Forest. The teams met twice last season and played a pair of high-scoring barnburners.
In the regular season in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons scored a 4-3 win to offset a hat trick from UVa’s Will Bates; UVa got revenge with a 4-3 double-OT win in the ACC tournament quarterfinals in Charlottesville.
The teams’ last eight matches all have been determined by one goal or fewer.
Cavaliers Top No. 23 High Point, 2-1
Will Bates scored twice, including the game-winning penalty kick in the 89th minute, to lift Virginia to a 2-1 win over No. 23 High Point Tuesday night and hand the Panthers (10-1-1) their first loss of the season.
High Point took the early lead in the 10th minute of play, but UVa drew even in the 29th minute on Bates’ first tally of the night. With just 73 seconds remaining to play, a ball into the box bounced and hit the arm of an HPU player, and UVa earned a penalty kick. Bates stepped to the spot and blasted in his seventh goal of the season.
Virginia Bullet Points
• With his two goals Tuesday, Will Bates now is tied with Brian Vernon (1981-84) for eighth in career goals in UVa history with 41.
• UVa is 24-1-1 since 2009 when Bates scores a goal (only loss was last year at Wake Forest, 4-3, when Bates scored a hat trick).
• UVa broke a two-game scoreless drought Tuesday against High Point and scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since Sept. 18.
• Nine of UVa’s 12 matches have been decided by one goal or a tie.
• UVa is 2-3-1 this year vs. ranked teams and 4-4-1 against teams that have been ranked at some point this season.
• Only five UVa players have started in all 11 matches, while seven have seen playing time in every game.
• Underclassmen have accounted for 80.4 percent of the Cavaliers’ minutes this year.
Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest is ranked as high as No. 18 nationally this week. The Demon Deacons settled for a 2-2 draw Tuesday at ETSU after giving up the equalizer with three seconds left in the second half.
Luca Gimenez leads the team with five goals, while Michael Gamble boasts four goals and a team-best four assists.
Virginia continues its four-match homestand next week, battling Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) before taking on Virginia Tech at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19) on Senior Night.