WIN One of 10 VIP Trips to the 2011 MLS CUP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2011) – el Jimador, 100 percent blue agave tequila, announces the launch of its soccer-themed consumer contest, which will award 10 winners an opportunity to attend the MLS Cup in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2011, along with a guest. 

To participate, consumers are invited to submit a rule aimed at improving the sport of soccer. These rules will be reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be selected based on creativity and originality. The contest period concludes on Nov. 4, 2011, and winners will be notified on Nov.8, 2011, via email and/or phone.

Ten grand prize winners will be awarded two tickets to the MLS Cup, in addition to round-trip airfare, a two-night stay in a local hotel, and $200 in cash. Winners and guests must be 21 and older and be available to travel Nov. 19-21, 2011.*

As the official tequila sponsor of the MLS, U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams and the annual U.S. Tour of the Mexican National Team, el Jimador Tequila will be active in a variety of the teams’ activities through 2012.

For more information on el Jimador’s soccer sponsorship and consumer experience, please visit the brand’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/eljimador.

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No. 21 Virginia to face off with Virginia Tech Friday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer team visits Virginia Tech Friday evening in a key ACC matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Thompson Field. Live statistics as well as a link to a subscription-based live video broadcast will be available at VirginiaSports.com.

Ranked as high as 21st nationally by Soccer America, the Cavaliers (9-5-0, 3-2-0 ACC) are looking for key points in the ACC race. UVa currently is tied for fourth place in the ACC with Wake Forest (3-3-0) with nine points, although UVa has a game in hand on the Demon Deacons. UVa is a point behind North Carolina and Duke, but also has a game in hand on the Tar Heels. The top four teams in the final standings earn home-field advantage in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

The match Friday marks Virginia's final contest away from home in the 2011 regular season. UVa is 2-1 in true road games and 4-2 away from home in 2011. The Cavaliers have played twice at Thompson Field already this season, winning 1-0 over Cincinnati (Sept. 2) and 4-2 over Wisconsin (Sept. 4) to claim the Hokie Invitational championship.

Virginia stands 15th in the NCAA's first RPI report for 2011, which was released Tuesday. UVa is the highest-ranked five-loss team in the ratings. The Cavaliers get big points from their strength of schedule; UVa has played a very tough schedule, featuring No. 2 Maryland, No. 7 UNC, No. 12 Charlotte, No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 26 Duke and No. 35 West Virginia (RPI rankings).

UVa defeated Howard, 2-0, in Tuesday evening at home. Virginia out-shot the Bison, 30-2, as the Cavaliers spent virtually the entire match in the Howard third of the field. Hunter Jumper (Sr., Plano, Texas) and Will Bates (Jr., Chester, Va.) each scored for Virginia (9-5-0).

The Bison did not record a shot until the 73rd minute. UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (Fr., Raleigh, N.C.) did not face a shot on goal all evening and was credited with his fifth shutout.

Bates continues to lead the team with 14 goals. He ranks second in the ACC and third nationally in goals. Bates has the most goals in a year by a UVa player since Yannick Reyering tallied 14 in 2005 and the most points (32) since Reyering posted 32 in 2006.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Wright State Tuesday, Virginia Tech stands 4-9-1 this season, including a 1-4-0 mark in conference play. The Hokies' ACC win came on Sept. 10, a 1-0 double-overtime win over then-No. 1 North Carolina. Goalkeeper Kyle Renfro has made an ACC-high 74 saves this year. Virginia Tech ranks ninth in the ACC with 12 goals this year and has allowed 18 goals - fifth in the conference.

Virginia owns a 35-4-1 all-time record against Virginia Tech and has won 18 of the 20 meetings over the past 25 years. Virginia has won the last five contests; Tech's last win was in 2005 (2-1 in OT in Blacksburg).

UVa downed Tech 2-1 in OT last season in Charlottesville on a golden goal by Greg Monaco (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) in the 92nd minute.

Virginia begins a stretch of three straight home games to wrap up the regular season on Tuesday when American comes to Klöckner Stadium for a 7 p.m. game.

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1st Annual 247GK Online Auction benefiting the “Malia Crushes Cancer Foundation”!

The 1st Annual 247GK Online Auction benefiting the “Malia Crushes Cancer Foundation” has officially kicked off as of late Wednesday afternoon.

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Take a look at all of the amazing items up for bids and be sure to make your bid and win your favorite item. Remember that 100% of the proceeds raised by 247GK will be given to the Malia Crushes Cancer Foundation.

Learn more about the Malia Curshes Cancer Foundation by clicking on their logo:

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Virginia players vie for $25,000 in academic scholarships from Trusted Sports Foundation



Check out this opportunity for Virginia players to be nominated for the Inspireum Soccer Awards™. The program searches the nation for the most outstanding young soccer players who inspire and lead their teammates, schools and communities. $25,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded by the Trusted Sports Foundation to the twelve finalists. This program looks beyond traditional athletic performance measures to reward heart, team-oriented values, and inspirational impact that help youth succeed throughout life.

Be sure to support these players by voting for one of them by clicking on their link:

Tyler Carbaugh
5' 3" 135 SR MIDFIELDER
Blacksburg High School Bruins
Blacksburg, VA
Tyler Hobbs
5' 7" 130 FR MIDFIELD
Chesapeake United
Chesapeake, VA
Gaela Normile
JR DEFENDER
Virginia Rush Nike, Kellem High School
Virginia Beach, VA
Caitlin Young
SR GOALKEEPER
Rockbridge County High School
Lexington, VA

Click on button below to Nominate another player.

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William & Mary battle No. 24 James Madison Wednesday

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe men's soccer team will host No. 24 James Madison in a contest between to teams atop the CAA conference standings. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Live stats and live audio for the match can be found free of charge at TribeAthletics.com.


 

Scouting the Tribe The William and Mary Tribe enter Wednesday's match with the Dukes boasting an overall record of 8-5 and a CAA mark of 5-2. This past Saturday, the Tribe defeated the VCU Rams, 1-0, on a goal from sophomore John Ciampa. Entering Wednesday, the College is tied for the conference lead with 15 points along with James Madison and Old Dominion.

Leading the way offensively for the Tribe this season has been senior Nicolas Abrigo, who leads the team with 13 points and six goals scored. Both Ciampa and junior captain Ben Anderson have tallied two goals and two assists on the year. In goal, senior Colin Smolinsky has been great, recording seven shutouts while posting a goals against average of 0.92.

Scouting the Dukes The No. 24-ranked James Madison Dukes enter Wednesday's match with the Tribe on a roll, having won seven of its last eight contests. This past weekend, JMU lost to VCU, 2-1, before rebounding nicely with a 2-1 win over the George Mason Patriots. James Madison has posted a record of 9-2-1 this season that includes a 5-1 mark in CAA conference play.

The Dukes boast an experienced duo offensively in senior Patrick Innes and junior Paul Wyatt. Innes leads JMU with 22 points and 10 goals scored, while Wyatt is second on the team with 11 points and five scores. Junior Christian McLaughlin has been a solid playmaker for the Dukes, leading the team with seven assists.

In goal, senior Justin Epperson has recorded six shutouts while posting a goals against average of 1.05.
The Series In the overall series between James Madison and W&M, the Dukes hold a 18-20-8 record over the Tribe dating back to the 1969 season. Last year, William and Mary went in to Harrisonburg ranked No. 14 in the country and came away with a 2-1 win over the Dukes. Alan Koger had a pair of goals in the victory to lead the Tribe.

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Jumper, Bates lead Virginia Past Howard, 2-0

Having seen their rankings slip following a loss to Wake Forest the UVA men's team bounced back with a shutout against Howard.

Video Highlights - UVA 2-0 Howard

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer team knocked off Howard, 2-0, in a dominating performance Tuesday evening at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia out-shot the Bison, 30-2, as the Cavaliers spent virtually the entire match in the Howard third of the field.

"We moved the ball well and had possession about 90 percent of the time," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "We created two one-on-one chances in the first half and both could have been goals. The key at halftime was not getting frustrated. We said to keep doing what we're doing and eventually it will take care of itself."

Hunter Jumper (Sr., Plano, Texas) and Will Bates (Jr., Chester, Va.) each scored for Virginia (9-5-0).

The Bison (2-9-2) did not record a shot until the 73rd minute. UVa goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita (Fr., Raleigh, N.C.) did not face a shot on goal all evening and was credited with his fifth shutout. Howard keeper Eric Hamilton made eight saves.

The teams played a scoreless first half, despite UVa recording 12 shots and putting five shots on goal. UVa's Ryan Zinkhan (Fr., Fredericksburg, Va.) was stopped from short range by Hamilton in the sixth minute, while Bates also was stuffed in a one-on-one opportunity by Hamilton in the 29th minute.

The Cavaliers finally struck in the 63rd minute when Jumper curled a free kick just inside the far upper 90 from about 25 yards out. It marked his first goal of the year and his fourth career score.

UVa added a second goal in the 71st minute. After Bates was fouled just inside the top of the Howard box, the Cavaliers were awarded a penalty kick. Bates converted on the kick for his 14th goal of the season.

Virginia returns to ACC play at 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to Virginia Tech.

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Top 25 Ranked Virginia Colleges - Oct. 18


Soccer America Top 25
Top 25


Soccer America Men's Top 25 (Oct. 17)

17. Old Dominion (9-2-0) prev. 21 - 
20. James Madison (9-2-1) prev. 17 -
21. Virginia (8-5-0) prev. 18 -
 



Soccer America Women's Top 25 (Oct. 18)

6. Virginia (11-3-2)  prev. 8 -
18. William & Mary (13-1-2) prev. 21-




NSCAA Men's Top 25 (Oct. 18)

11. Old Dominion prev. 17

*Also receiving votes: James Madison, William & Mary, Virginia

NSCAA Women's Top 25 (Oct. 18)

11. Virginia  prev. 14
20. William & Mary prev. 25

*Also receiving votes: Virginia Tech

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Virginia players selected to represent U-17, U-18 WNT

U.S. Soccer has released the names of youth players selected to participate in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup training camp at The Home Depot Center running from Oct. 23-30 which will run concurrently with the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team training camp.

List of Virginia players at the U-17 & U-18 WNT camps:

  • Caroline Casey (Virginia Rush; Chesapeake, Va.), U-18
  • Sarah Hardison (FC Virginia; Hamilton, Va.), U-18
  • Anna McClung (GSA Phoenix; Gate City, Va.), U-18
  • Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), U-17

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UVA Men's Soccer look to return to winning ways with Howard match at 7 p.m. Tuesday

The no. 25 ranked (NSCAA) Virginia men's team will be looking to rebound following their loss to Wake Forest last game:

UVA vs. Wake Forest | Video Highlights

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer team will take on Howard at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is 8-5-0 this season following a tough 4-3 ACC loss at Wake Forest last Friday. Will Bates (Jr., Chester, Va.) recorded a hat trick and now has 13 goals this season - second in the ACC and fifth most in Division I soccer.

UVa fell behind 3-0 early in the second half before Bates scored two goals just 29 seconds apart to pull the Cavaliers back into the game. The Demon Deacons scored in the 87th minute, which proved key when Bates later tallied his third goal with just six seconds remaining.

With 13 goals this season, Will Bates has the most goals in a year by a UVa player since Yannick Reyering tallied 13 in 2007. With 30 points in 2011, Bates has the most points by a Cavalier since Reyering posted 32 in 2006.

Howard is 2-8-2 this season following a 2-0 loss at Adelphi on Saturday. The Bison defeated Virginia Tech, 2-1, in the season opener.

Virginia owns the series lead with a 2-1-0 advantage, dating back to 1988. The two sides last met in 2009, a 2-0 Virginia home win. Bates scored a goal and added an assist in the 2009 contest, while Tony Tchani also recorded a goal for the Cavaliers.

Virginia returns to ACC play at 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to Virginia Tech.

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USWNT Players Lindsey and Sauerbrunn to be Honored at Virginia Tech Game

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia alumnae Lori Lindsey and Becky Sauerbrunn, members of the 2011 United States Women’s World Cup team, will be recognized during Thursday’s women’s soccer game against Virginia Tech. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX Soccer Channel.

Lindsey (Class of 2002) and Sauerbrunn (Class of 2007) will be honored during a halftime ceremony. They will also be taking part in a pregame autograph session for fans beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The pair of former Cavaliers helped the United States to a runner-up finish at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Lindsey has made 24 appearances for the national team since her international debut in 2005, including a start in midfield against Sweden in this year’s World Cup. Sauerbrunn has earned 14 caps for the United States since her debut in 2008, including starting in central defense in the World Cup semifinal win over France.

Lindsey was the 2000 and 2001 ACC Player of the Year at Virginia, earning All-American honors twice. Her 33 career goals still ranks in the top 10 in Cavalier history. She currently plays professionally in Women’s Professional Soccer for the Philadelphia Independence.

Sauerbrunn was a three-time All-American for the Cavaliers and the 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Her 8,523 career minutes played is a school record. She currently plays professionally in WPS for MagicJack.

Tickets are $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission. Fans will receive free Virginia women’s soccer T-Shirts, while supplies last.

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Mary Washington Men's Soccer Ties York, 0-0, in CAC Action

The University of Mary Washington men's soccer team tied York College, 0-0, in a thriller at Spartan Stadium on Saturday in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Eagles move to 5-5-3 on the season, and 3-1-2 in league play.

The Spartans held a 15-12 edge in shots, and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. UMW freshman Tyler Back had four saves for the Eagles in registering the 110-minute shutout.

Mary Washington will return to action on Wednesday when they visit Hood College at 3:30 p.m. in another conference clash.

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William & Mary Men's Soccer Shuts-Out VCU, 1-0

The Willam and Mary men's soccer team withstood a brutal flurry of shots in the second half to down VCU 1-0 in Richmond, and keep pace at the top of an ever-tightening Colonial Athletic Association race. The Tribe improves to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, while the Rams fall to 8-6 and 3-3 in the league.

The Tribe got on top early in the match and held on from there thanks to stellar defensive play. Towards the beginning of the 17th minute, redshirt-junior Ben Anderson (Mechanicsville, Va.) took a corner kick ont he left side, and lofted the ball just far enough to reach the near post. That was all the opening sophomore John Ciampa (Arlington, Va.) would need, as he elevated over the defense and headed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal (and eventually, second game-winner) of the season. It was also Anderson's second assist of the fall.

With its nose in front, the burden fell to the Tribe defense to make the margin stand-up and the unit proved equal to the task. While VCU could manage only six shots in the first half, the Rams unloaded a staggering 12 attempts in the final 45 minutes as the host team grew increasingly more desperate for an equalizer. Senior goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky (Fredericksburg, Va.) was having none of it, making six saves to tally his seventh clean-sheet of the year. He now moves into a tie for seventh on the Tribe's single-season record book with seven shutouts, and needs just two more to tie the record held by Andrew McAdams and Adin Brown.

The win kept W&M tied for the CAA lead with 15 points and just five games left in the regular season race. The Tribe will put that lead to the test on Wednesday, hosting co-leader James Madison at 7 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.

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Radford Women's Soccer battles Winthrop Saturday

RADFORD, Va. – The Radford women's soccer team, ranked first in the Big South, will face No. 2 Winthrop in a battle for the top spot on homecoming Saturday, Oct. 15 at Cupp Stadium.

Read more...Radford University - NO. 1 WOMEN'S SOCCER TAKES ON NO. 2 WINTHROP SATURDAY

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