UVA's George Gelnovatch to Face Son & Goalie Jake when No. 1 Virginia Hosts No. 24 Louisville Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The number ranked UVa men's soccer team (9-0) plays host to 24th ranked Louisville (5-2-2) on Friday.
UVa coach George Gelnovatch is in his 24th season as head coach at Virginia. His son, Jake is a junior goalie for Louisville.
Jake Gelnovatch, a goalie, has started all eight games for Louisville. He's allowed just seven goals in those eight games and has made 24 saves.
The former Albemarle High School goalie makes his return to his hometown Friday to face his father's team, Virginia.
Reporters jokingly asked coach George Gelnovatch Thursday, do you have a scouting report on this goalie? "Yeah, yeah we do," says Gelnovatch. "We know his strengths and weaknesses well. We'll be ready for him. I think he's done very well (at Louisville). What he does for the team we have to be aware of, but we don't talk about the game. I hope to see him tonight. I don't know what his team schedule is if we can fit it in, but we don't talk about the game."
UVa's Joe Bell jokingly says about his coach, "I hope he doesn't tell him (Jake Gelnovatch) where I go on penalties. It's going to be a good game, I know Jake. He's hung around here in the summer. He's a great guy and I think it's going to be a good game, but it doesn't really change anything."
Coach George Gelnovatch says he's watched every Louisville game this season.
"I watch as a father first to be honest with you," Says Gelnovatch. "In preparation for this game, my staff was saying you must know Louisville pretty well. I said yeah, I do, but I watched more as a father than a coach."
Virginia is the number ranked team in America for the first time since 2014.
The 9-0 record if Virginia's best start in Gelnovatch's 24 seasons at UVA.
Virginia has only given up one goal in its nine games.
"One of the things we're most proud of is that we've only conceded one goal this year," says Bell. "That's a huge testament to our back line and Colin but I think it's the whole team and the attitude we've had about not giving up goals."