The sixth-seeded Syracuse Orange will take on the third-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.
What it is: Men’s College Soccer
Matchup: Syracuse vs. Virginia
Game Type: ACC Tournament Quarterfinal
Time: Sunday Nov 05, 2023, 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: ACC Network (Local)
The Orange are coming off a big 5-0 victory over 11th-seeded NC State in the first round. Daniel Diaz Bonilla led the way with two goals and two assists, while Gabriel Mikina, Felipe D’Agostini, and Jackson Glenn also scored. Goalkeeper Christian Knight made two saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season.
The Cavaliers earned a first-round bye after finishing the regular season in third place in the ACC standings with a 10-3-3 record and a 5-2-1 conference mark. Virginia is on a four-game winning streak, most recently defeating No. 10 UNC 1-0 at home. Mouhameth Thiam scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, and goalkeeper Paul Wiese made six saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season.
This will be the 10th meeting between Syracuse and Virginia, with the Cavaliers leading the series 6-2-1. The two teams met in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals last season, with Syracuse winning on penalties after the match was drawn 2-2 after regulation.
Syracuse and Virginia are two of the most evenly matched teams in the ACC. Both teams have strong defenses and balanced attacks. The Orange are led by Diaz Bonilla, who is one of the most dynamic players in the conference. The Cavaliers are led by Thiam, who is one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the ACC.
This match should be a close one, and it could come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. Syracuse will need to find a way to contain Thiam, while Virginia will need to find a way to limit Diaz Bonilla’s touches on the ball.
Virginia 2-1 Syracuse