Weekend Previews: Oct. 21-23

“The Skinny” on weekend action for men’s soccer and men’s golf

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Virginia senior captain Derek Bard will attempt to win the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate for the third consecutive year.

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Men’s Soccer

What: No. 16 Virginia vs. Pittsburgh

Where: Ambrose Urbanic Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

The Skinny: The No 16. Virginia men’s soccer team will head to Pittsburgh this week to play their final road game of the regular season, as the team tries to continue its strong recent play and extend its unbeaten streak to eight games.

The Cavaliers (8-2-4, 2-2-2 ACC) will take on the Panthers (2-11-2, 0-5-1 ACC) in what should be a hard fought battle. Both teams will be vying for a victory, although for very different reasons. Virginia will be looking to continue its red-hot play as of late, while Pittsburgh will be looking to bounce back and try to finish their season off on a high note after having lost their last six matches.

Pittsburgh has not scored a goal in each of those six losses. It will be the Panther’s final home game of the season, and Virginia will have to bring its best in order to take down their conference rival.

History will be on Virginia’s side Friday night, with the Cavaliers never having lost to the Panthers, owning a 5-0 lifetime record against them, including a 3-1 victory last year in Charlottesville.

In what will be a change from the norm, Virginia will be playing on synthetic turf Friday night for the first time since 2015.

The Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play, having shut out their opponent in five of their last seven games.

—compiled by Rahul Shah

Men’s Golf

What: Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

Where: Alpharetta, Ga.

When: Friday-Sunday, all day

The Skinny: The No. 7 Virginia men’s golf team will compete in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate tournament this weekend in Alpharetta, Ga. This will be the Cavaliers’ final tournament of the fall season. The team will look to close what’s thus far been an excellent season on a high note.

All eyes will be on Virginia senior captain Derek Bard as he attempts to win the tournament for the third consecutive time. Bard, the current No. 16 ranked player nationally, holds the Cavaliers’ best stroke average this season at 70.17 strokes per round and looks to be a major contender to win the tournament again.

Another player to watch for is sophomore Thomas Walsh. Walsh is coming off the best performance of his career last weekend at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, in which he shot a 205 combined score to tie for second place overall individually. Walsh will try to carry his momentum into this tournament.

However, the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate will have some strong competition for the Cavaliers. Notable teams include No. 13 Stanford, who according to golfstat.com has the country’s No. 1 ranked individual player in senior Maverick McNealy, and No. 3 Auburn.

Last year, Virginia finished in 10th place out of 17 teams at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

—compiled by Jack Gallagher

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