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Young Cavaliers Have Experience on the Sideline

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The Virginia men's soccer team will play ACC rival Maryland Friday night in the College Cup in Philadelphia.  

The Terps are the five-seed, while the Cavaliers are seeded eighth.  

The teams have already played twice this season.  

They tied 3-3 after two overtimes in Charlottesville, and Maryland beat Virginia 1-0 in the conference championship game.  

UVa is a young team, with eleven true freshman and only two seniors on the roster, but they do have experience on the sidelines, as head coach George Gelnovatch has led the 'Hoos to the College Cup for the fourth time in his career.

Junior defender Kyler Sullivan says, "Most teams don't have that type of experience with their coaches.  Yes, we are a young team, but he knows what he's doing.  He knows what we have to do to be successful in this position.  It really helps us, especially with our youth."

Gelnovatch adds, "This is, in seven years, our third trip.  So in a pretty short amount of time, we've been to the College Cup.  None of these guys have, but most of our coaching staff has.  The preparation that you need, going into this, helps a lot."

Virginia and Maryland play Friday at 7:30 PM.

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