Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer

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Virginia Cavaliers
men's soccer
Current season
University University of Virginia
Conference ACC
Location Charlottesville, VA
Head Coach George Gelnovatch (18th year)
Stadium Klöckner Stadium
(Capacity: 8,000)
Nickname Cavs, Hoos
Colors Navy Blue and Orange

             

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1997
NCAA College Cup Appearances
1983, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2013
NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1969, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference Tournament Champions
1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009
Conference Regular Season Champions
1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010

The Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer team represent the University of Virginia in all NCAA Division I men's soccer competitions. The team is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The team has grown an extensive reputation as having one of the most elite collegiate soccer programs in the United States, producing several future U.S. national team players. Notable examples include Claudio Reyna and John Harkes. Present Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena coached the team and led them to five consecutive College Cup titles in the 1990s.

History[edit]

The University of Virginia first fielded a varsity men's soccer team in 1941 as an independent team. In their first season, the team posted a winless record, losing all nine of their matches.

The team made their first appearance in the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship in 1969, where they played their out-of-state rivals, the Maryland Terrapins. The team was eliminated in the first round of the tournament following a 5–0 defeat. Ten years would pass before the Cavaliers would make their second tournament appearance, this time losing to the American Eagles, 1–0 in the opening round. The team would make two more NCAA tournament appearances, in 1981 and 1982, before eventually progressing past the first round of the tournament. In the 1983 tournament, the Cavaliers defeated stateside opponents William & Mary Tribe by a 2–1 scoreline to advance into the quarterfinals. The tournament would culimnate with a quarterfinal victory over the San Francisco Dons before bowing out in the semifinals to the eventual champions, the Indiana Hoosiers.

During this period though, led under head coach Bruce Arena, the Cavaliers developed a well-renowned reputation as being one of the most elite soccer programs in the country. Following their 1981 tournament appearance, the Cavaliers would qualify for the NCAA Men's Division I tournament every consecutive season to date, one of the longest streaks in NCAA history for any sport. Their apex came in the late 1980s to early 1990s, when the team won five national collegiate championships in the span of six years. Future U.S. men's national team stars such as John Harkes and Claudio Reyna were members of the championship team. The Cavaliers would win the 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 editions of the tournament.

Subsequent to their dynasty run, the United States Soccer Federation, in the promise of hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup instituted the creation of a new top tier professional soccer league, later to be named Major League Soccer. Upon the creation of the league, one of the league's clubs, D.C. United hired Arena as their full-time head coach, where he led them to three MLS Cup titles, two MLS Supporters' Shields and a CONCACAF title.

The departure of Arena saw a new replacement fill managerial duties in 1996. Arena would be replaced by longtime assistant, George Gelnovatch, whom still today coaches the team.

Initially under the helm of Gelnovatch, the Cavaliers were still a fairly successful team in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in the NCAA tournaments, although their success in the latter half of the 1990s and early 2000s (decade) could not replicate the same success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During Gelnovatch's early years, the team's best finish was making the finals of the 1997 NCAA Men's Soccer championship, but to only lose 2–0 to the UCLA Bruins.

After a period of decline in the early 2000s (decade), the team had a successful campaign in 2009, reaching the final for the first time since 1997. Playing against the recently upstart Akron Zips, the Cavaliers were able to defeat the Zips in a penalty kick shootout to claim their sixth NCAA title, and their first national championship since the Arena years.

Since the Cavaliers won the 2009 NCAA Championship, they have been eliminated in the first round of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the tournament, losing to CAA opponents on both occasions; Old Dominion and Delaware, respectively.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Klöckner Stadium

One of the earliest soccer-specific stadiums in college soccer, the Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer team plays their home matches at the 8,000-seater Klöckner Stadium. Since its opening in 1997, the Cavaliers have enjoyed some of the highest reported attendance figures in American college soccer.

The stadium has 3,600 grandstand seats along with an addition 3,400 grass seats. It is shared with the women's soccer team, as well as the men's and women's lacrosse teams.[1]

Fans[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Maryland

Best known for their college football rivalry many cite the rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Maryland Terrapins as one of the most bitter rivalries in college soccer.[2][3] The two sides have long been heavyweights in the ACC and are among the colleges with the most NCAA Division I championships in the sport.[4] Throughout the 1970s, the rivalry was heavily dominated by Maryland only for the fortunes to be reversed in the 1990s. Additionally, the two sides have clashed six times against one another in the ACC championship.[3]

Virginia Tech

As interconference members, and having a longstanding rivalry, another one of the top rivals of the Virginia Cavaliers is the Virginia Tech Hokies. The series between the two has been heavily dominated by the Cavaliers, who boast a 35–4–1 record against the Hokies.[5] However, in ACC play, the Cavaliers only better the Hokies by a 4–2–1.

Other rivalries

With the success of Colonial Athletic Association teams in men's collegiate soccer, as well as their geographic proximity, there has been reported rivalries between the Cavaliers and the Old Dominion Monarchs, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams[6] and the William & Mary Tribe. The Cavaliers have met these opponents in numerous out of conference games, and in the NCAA tournament where they have even been defeated by Old Dominion.

Roster[edit]

2011–12 squad[edit]

As of May, 2013[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Matt Miscione
1 United States GK Spencer LaCivita
2 United States DF Zach Carroll
3 United States DF Matt Brown
4 United States DF Grant Silvester
5 United States FW Bryan Lima
6 United States MF Scott Thomsen
7 United States MF Todd Wharton
8 United States FW Chris Somerville
No. Position Player
9 United States FW Darius Madison
10 United States FW Will Bates
11 United States MF Eric Bird
13 United States DF Kyler Sullivan
15 United States DF Kevin McBride
16 United States FW Marcus Salandy-Defour
17 United States DF Brian James
18 United States GK Will Whorton
20 United States MF Marcus Douglas

Team management[edit]

Coaching Staff
Position Staff
Head Coach United States George Gelnovatch
Associate Head Coach United States Matt Chulis
Asst. Coach United States Michael Behonick
Operations Assistant United States Gabe Bernstein

Last updated: August 14, 2011
Source: Virginia Cavaliers Athletics Website

Head coaching history[edit]

Dates Name Notes
1941–1950 United States Lawrence Ludwig
1951–1953 United States Hugh Moomaw
1954 United States Wilson Fewster
1955–1957 United States Robert Sandell
1958–1965 United States Eugene Corrigan
1966–1970 United States Gordon Burris
1971–1973 United States Jim Stephens
1974–1977 United States Larry Gross
1978–1995 United States Bruce Arena
1996–present United States George Gelnovatch

Seasons[edit]

Source: [1]

Season Conference Overall Tournament College Cup Additional Honors
Division GP W L T GF GA Pts. Pos. GP W L T GF GA Pts.
1941 No conference 9 0 9 0 10 57 0
1942 9 4 2 1 15 9 13
1943
1944
1945
1946 5 1 3 1 4 15 4
1947 11 2 7 2 14 21 8
1948 11 3 7 1 13 22 10
1949 10 5 5 0 19 18 15
1950 10 4 5 1 26 23 13
1951 8 1 5 2 16 21 5
1952 9 5 2 2
1953 9 4 4 1
1954 ACC 4 1 1 2 8 2 4 2
1955 ACC 4 1 2 1 10 3 5 2
1956 ACC
1957 ACC
1958 ACC
1959 ACC
1960 ACC
1961 ACC
1962 ACC
1963 ACC
1964 ACC
1965 ACC
1966 ACC
1967 ACC
1968 ACC
1969 ACC R1
1970 ACC
1971 ACC
1972 ACC
1973 ACC
1974 ACC
1975 ACC
1976 ACC
1977 ACC
1978 ACC
1979 ACC R2
1980 ACC
1981 ACC
1982 ACC R2
1983 ACC SF
1984 ACC QF
1985 ACC R1
1986 ACC R1
1987 ACC R1
1988 ACC QF
1989 ACC Champions
1990 ACC QF
1991 ACC Champions
1992 ACC Champions
1993 ACC Champions
1994 ACC Champions
1995 ACC SF
1996 ACC R1
1997 ACC Runners-up
1998 ACC QF
1999 ACC QF
2000 ACC QF
2001 ACC R2
2002 ACC R2
2002 ACC R2
2003 ACC 6 3 3 0 9 23 11 10 2 29 29 35 R3
2004 ACC QF
2005 ACC R3
2006 ACC 8 5 3 0 22 17 4 1 40 21 SF
2007 ACC 8 1 5 2 22 12 8 2 44 29 R2
2008 ACC 8 4 4 0 21 11 9 1 39 29 R2
2009 ACC 9 4 3 1 13 4th 25 19 3 3 37 8 60 Champions Champions
2010 ACC 14 9 4 1 20 11 6 3 36 16 36 R1
2011 ACC 0 4 3 1 0 0 13 3rd 21 12 8 1 0 0 37 SF R1

Honors[edit]

  • College Cup
    • Winners (6): 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009
    • Runners-up (1): 1997

References[edit]

General
Notes
  1. ^ "Klöckner Stadium and Team Locker Rooms". University of Virginia. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Virginia, Maryland Renew Men's Soccer Rivalry This Weekend". University of Virginia. CBSSports.com. September 12, 1998. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The 5 Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer". Collegesoccernews.com. First Point USA. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Goff, Steven (December 4, 2009). "Maryland, Virginia men's soccer meet again, this time in NCAA tournament". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "#4 VIRGINIA vs. #16 VIRGINIA TECH" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "A late goal gives Virginia the victory over VCU". VirginiaSportsTV.com. October 5, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Soccer Roster at Cavaliers website, retrieved 4 May 2013

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