Virginia at Maryland

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Cavaliers 10-3-1, 3-3-0 ACC; Terrapins 10-4-1, 4-2-1.

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 youths and seniors.

Outlook: Virginia, ranked No. 12 by Soccer America, is looking to extend its unbeaten streak to six, while eighth-ranked Maryland aims to clinch one of the top two seeds in the ACC tournament, which begins Nov. 10 in Cary, N.C. The Terrapins have beaten the Cavaliers three straight times and are 7-3 in the past 10 meetings. Weakened by injuries all season, the Terrapins seem set to regain starting forward Casey Townsend, who has missed eight games with an ankle ailment. Senior midfielder Doug Rodkey remains out with a foot injury. Townsend's front-line partner, Jason Herrick, is third in the ACC in goals with eight. Virginia has conceded only seven goals -- tied for fourth fewest in the nation -- and junior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, a transfer from South Florida, has a conference-best 0.49 goals-against average. Freshman forward Will Bates has scored five of his team-high six goals in the past four matches. The Cavaliers have already gone to overtime six times (3-2-1), the Terrapins just twice (1-0-1). Maryland, winner of eight straight at home since a season-opening loss to UCLA, is third in the country in average attendance (3,085) behind UC-Santa Barbara and Connecticut.

-- Steven Goff

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