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Virginia Men’s Soccer takes on Virginia Tech in the first Commonwealth Clash meet up of the season

Hoos host Hokies as they look to earn a point in the Commonwealth Clash

UVA Media Relations

The No. 10 Virginia Men’s Soccer team welcomes the No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies to Charlottesville today at 2:30pm, a time moved up from 7pm due to impending weather in the area.

Virginia is 1-0-1 on the season and are coming off of a 0-0 draw with Maryland in a game played at the new Audi Field in Washington, DC. Second year Joe Bell out of New Zealand has the lone goal for the Hoos this season, scoring with 20 seconds left to secure the win over No. 19 New Hampshire. Bell controlled the ball near midfield, dribbling in and out of defenders and finding his way into the box for the game-winning goal.

Against Maryland, the Cavaliers had solid scoring opportunities with 11 shots, but only one was on cage. Virginia’s goalkeeper Colin Shutler was outstanding with seven saves in the match.

The Hoos have won the last 13 matchups with Virginia Tech and own a commanding 40-4-4 record against the Hokies in their history. This is the first time since 2007 that the Hoos are facing VaTech when the Hokies are also ranked. Last time out against Virginia Tech, Edward Opoku (now with the Columbus Crew) scored both of Virginia’s goals in a 2-1 road win in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech is 3-0-1 on the season and are coming off of a 2-2 draw at UCF. The Hokies have wins over Air Force, Gardner-Webb, and USF so far this season. Kristo Strickler and Marc Hoppler lead the Hokies with two goals apiece, and goalkeeper Mathijs Swaneveld has 18 saves and one shut out.

Game Information

Time: 2:30pm

Location: Klöckner Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

Streaming: WatchESPN

The first 1,500 fans into the stadium will receive Virginia Soccer scarves.