Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer

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Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer
2017 Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer team
Virginia Athletics wordmark.svg
Founded 1941; 76 years ago (1941)
University University of Virginia
Head coach George Gelnovatch (18th season)
Conference ACC
Location Charlottesville, VA
Stadium Klöckner Stadium
(Capacity: 8,000)
Nickname Cavs, Hoos
Colors Orange and Blue[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014
NCAA Tournament runner-up
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1983, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014
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, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009
Conference Regular Season championships
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 Virginia Cavaliers are 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.[citation needed] It has produced several future U.S. national team players, including Claudio Reyna and John Harkes. Current United States Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena coached the team and led them to four College Cup titles in a five-year period during the 1990s. George Gelnovatch has since taken the Cavaliers to five College Cup Final Fours (1997, 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2014) and two National Championship seasons in 2009 and 2014.[2]

Virginia has currently made the College Cup tournament bracket for a record consecutive 34 years, the most of any team in the history of the sport.


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 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.


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 additional 3,400 grass seats. It is shared with the women's soccer team, as well as the men's and women's lacrosse teams.[3]




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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[5] The Terrapins' departure to the Big Ten has put the rivalry on hiatus.

Virginia Tech

As intra-conference 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 27–2–3 record against the Hokies.[7] However, in ACC play, the Cavaliers "only" better the Hokies by 5–2–3 mark, being undefeated against the Hokies in the past 6 ACC matchups between the two.

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[8] 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.


2017–18 squad[edit]

Updated July 28, 2017[9]

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 Connor Jones
1 United States GK Jeff Caldwell
2 Spain DF Sergi Nus
3 United States DF Fabrice Shema
4 United States DF Nate Odusote
5 Nigeria DF Prosper Figbe
5 United States DF Henry Kessler
7 United States DF Bay Kurtz
8 Guatemala MF Pablo Aguilar
9 United States FW Kennedy Nwabia
10 United States FW Cameron Harr
11 United States FW Edward Opoku
12 New Zealand MF Joe Bell
15 Denmark MF Daniel Barir
16 United States MF Liam Jenkins
17 United States FW Simeon Okoro
18 United States GK Colin Shutler
No. Position Player
19 England FW Nathaniel Crofts
21 United States MF Aaron James
22 United States MF Jean-Cristophe Koffi
23 United States MF Justin Ingram
24 United States FW Jerren Nixon
25 United States DF Max Diamond
26 United States FW Raheem Taylor-Parkes
27 United States FW Leon Maric
28 United States MF Hayes Fountain
30 Germany DF Robin Afamefuna
31 United States DF Sheldon Sullivan
32 United States MF Julian Cummings
33 United States FW Ahdan Tait
34 United States FW Irakoze Donasivano
35 United States MF Brad Kurtz
36 United States DF Spencer Patton
37 United States MF Beau Bradley

Team management[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Athletic Director Craig Littlepage
Head Coach George Gelnovatch
Associate Head Coach Matt Chulis
Associate Head Coach Terry Boss
Operations Assistant A.J. Barnold


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 Gene 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


Source: [1]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Virginia (Independent) (1941–1953)
1941 Lawrence Ludwig 0–9–0
1942 Lawrence Ludwig 4–2–1
1943–1945 No team due to World War II
1946 Lawrence Ludwig 1–3–1
1947 Lawrence Ludwig 2–7–2
1948 Lawrence Ludwig 3–7–1
1949 Lawrence Ludwig 5–5–0
1950 Lawrence Ludwig 4–5–1
1951 Hugh Moomaw 1–5–2
1952 Hugh Moomaw 5–2–2
1953 Hugh Moomaw 4–4–1
Virginia (ACC) (1953–present)
1954 Wilson Fewster 2–4–2 1–1–2
1955 Robert Sandell 3–5–2 1–2–1
1956 Robert Sandell 6–3–0 3–1–0
1957 Robert Sandell 5–2–1 2–1–1
1958 Gene Corrigan 5–4–0 1–3–0
1959 Gene Corrigan
1960 Gene Corrigan
1961 Gene Corrigan
1962 Gene Corrigan
1963 Gene Corrigan
1964 Gene Corrigan
1965 Gene Corrigan
1966 Gordon Burris
1967 Gordon Burris
1968 Gordon Burris
1969 Gordon Burris
1970 Gordon Burris
1971 Jim Stephens
1972 Jim Stephens
1973 Jim Stephens
1974 Larry Gross
1975 Larry Gross
1976 Larry Gross
1977 Larry Gross
1978 Bruce Arena
1979 Bruce Arena NCAA Second Round
1980 Bruce Arena
1981 Bruce Arena NCAA Second Round
1982 Bruce Arena NCAA Second Round
1983 Bruce Arena NCAA College Cup
1984 Bruce Arena NCAA Quarterfinals
1985 Bruce Arena NCAA First Round
1986 Bruce Arena NCAA First Round
1987 Bruce Arena NCAA Second Round
1988 Bruce Arena NCAA Quarterfinals
1989 Bruce Arena 21–2–2 5–0–1 NCAA Co-Champions
1990 Bruce Arena 12–6–6 3–2–1 NCAA Second Round
1991 Bruce Arena 19–1–2 5–1–0 NCAA Champions
1992 Bruce Arena 21–2–1 5–1–0 NCAA Champions
1993 Bruce Arena 22–3–0 4–2–0 NCAA Champions
1994 Bruce Arena 22–3–1 4–2–0 NCAA Champions
1995 Bruce Arena 21–1–2 4–0–2 NCAA College Cup
1996 George Gelnovatch NCAA First Round
1997 George Gelnovatch NCAA Runners-Up
1998 George Gelnovatch NCAA Quarterfinals
1999 George Gelnovatch NCAA Quarterfinals
2000 George Gelnovatch NCAA Quarterfinals
2001 George Gelnovatch NCAA Second Round
2002 George Gelnovatch NCAA Second Round
2003 George Gelnovatch NCAA Round of 16
2004 George Gelnovatch NCAA Quarterfinals
2005 George Gelnovatch NCAA Round of 16
2006 George Gelnovatch NCAA College Cup
2007 George Gelnovatch NCAA Second Round
2008 George Gelnovatch NCAA Second Round
2009 George Gelnovatch 19–3–3 4–3–1 NCAA Champions
2010 George Gelnovatch NCAA First Round
2011 George Gelnovatch NCAA First Round
2012 George Gelnovatch 10–7–4 3–4–1 NCAA Second Round
2013 George Gelnovatch 13–6–5 4–3–4 NCAA College Cup
2014 George Gelnovatch 13–6–4 3–3–2 NCAA College Cup
2015 George Gelnovatch 10–5–3 4–2–2 NCAA Second Round
2016 George Gelnovatch
Total: TBD

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



Notable alumni[edit]

* - Player has represented their country at the senior national team level


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  2. ^ Virginia wins 7th NCAA Championship in shootout versus UCLA, accessed December 14, 2014
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  5. ^ a b "The 5 Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer". First Point USA. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (December 4, 2009). "Maryland, Virginia men's soccer meet again, this time in NCAA tournament". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
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  9. ^ a b "2017 Roster". University of Virginia Athletics. Retrieved July 28, 2017.