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A poor preseason and injury concerns meant that Virginia was unranked in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 rankings, but the
Cavs have gotten hot and head into Friday's semifinals against ACC rival Wake Forest (TV: ESPN2, live, 5 p.m. ET) with a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Wake Forest is playing in its fourth
straight College Cup, marking the ninth different time that a team has advanced to four consecutive semifinals. The last time to accomplish the feat was Maryland (2002-05).
last appearance in the NCAA College Cup was in 2006 when it dropped a 4-0 decision to UCLA in the semifinals. Key Players Will Bates.
The freshman has emerged as UVa's go-to player in its attack. He has scored a team-high 12 goals and had a hat trick against Bucknell in the first round
of the NCAA Tournament. With former youth phenom Chris Agorsor
and U.S. U-20 Brian Ownby
out of the lineup, Bates'
contributions have been vital to the Cavs' success. Andy Lubahn.
The freshman arrived from Erie, Pa., by way of Belgian club Cercle Brugge's youth
program, and filled in for Cody Arnoux
, who contributed 32 goals and 16 assists the previous two seasons but signed with Everton over the summer. Lubahn is
second on the Deacons with 10 goals. Goalkeeper
1 Diego Restrepo
, JR. West Palm Beach, Fla.
Defenders 6 Greg Monaco
, SOPH. Virginia Beach, Va. 15 Mike
, JR. Bear, Del. 17 Hunter Jumper
, SOPH. Plano, Texas 21 Shawn Barry
, SOPH. Miramar, Fla.
Midfielders 7 Neil Barlow
, SR. Herndon, Va. 8 Ross LaBauex
Chicago, Ill. 10 Jonathan Villanueva
, SR. Grand Prairie, Texas 19 Ari Dimas
, FR. Chesapeake, Va. Forwards 23 Tony Tchani
, SOPH. Norfolk, Va. 25 Will Bates
, FR. Chester,
Va. Wake Forest Probable Lineup
1 Akira Fitzgerald
, SR. Baltimore, Md. Defenders 3 Anthony Arena
, FR. Kenmore, Wash. 4 Justin Lichtfuss
Baltimore, Md. 16 Kyle Adams
, SOPH. Fayetteville, Ga. 23 Ike Opara
, JR. Durham, N.C. Midfielders 6 Austin da Luz
, SR. Winston-Salem, N.C. 10 Corben Bone,
Texas 14 Luke Norman,
SOPH. Rochester, Mich. 22 Sam Redmond
, SOPH. Asheville, N.C. Forwards 12 Zack Schilawski
, SR. Cary, N.C. 17 Andy Lubahn
, FR. Erie, Pa.