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Nov. 29, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer teamwill host the UCLA Bruins in an NCAA quarterfinal contest at KlocknerStadium on Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. Virginia advanced to thequarterfinal round of the tournament by recording a 2-1 triple-overtimevictory over Princeton in the first round before handing Brown a 3-1 lossin the second round of the tournament. UCLA posted a 4-1 victory over SanDiego in the first round and dealt St. Louis a 2-0 loss in the second roundof tournament play.

The Cavaliers enter their contest with the Bruins sporting anoverall record of 14-8-1, while UCLA brings a lofty 18-2-0 mark intoCharlottesville. This will be the second time this season the two teamswill meet. Virginia faced off against UCLA on October 30 when theCavaliers competed in the Pacific Soccer Classic tournament which washosted by the Bruins. UCLA won the contest by the score of 2-0. However,the loss has seemed to have sparked “new life” out of UVa. Since its lossto UCLA, Virginia has gone on to win four of its last five games. TheCavaliers lone loss during that span of five games was a 2-1triple-overtime setback to the then undefeated and number one ranked DukeBlue Devils in the ACC Tournament Championship.

Virginia is 1-3-0 all-time against UCLA in the series historybetween the two schools. The Cavaliers and Bruins met for the first timeon September 9, 1984 at the adidas/Met Life Classic in Bloomington,Indiana. The Bruins came away with a 2-1 victory over the Cavaliers inthat contest. The two teams would not meet again until September 10, 1988at the adidas/Ethel M Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cavaliers recordeda 3-0 victory over the Bruins in their second meeting to even the serieshistory at 1-1-0. In the third meeting between the two schools, theNational Championship was at stake. On a brisk December 14, 1997 afternoonin Richmond, Va., UCLA handed Virginia a 2-0 loss en route to earning itsthird national title.

The Cavaliers and Bruins have played on a neutral sites three ofthe four times they have played. Their meeting earlier this season was thefirst game played on either teams home field. Here is a look at the serieshistory between the UVa and UCLA:

9/9/84 UCLA def. Virginia Bloomington, Ind. 2-1
9/9/88 Virginia def. UCLA Las Vegas, Nev. 3-0
12/14/97 UCLA def. Virginia Richmond, Va. 2-0
10/30/99 UCLA def. Virginia Westwood, Calif. 2-0

The Cavaliers have been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament over theyears. This is the 21st appearance in the tournament for Virginia whichincludes a string of 19 consecutive appearances since the 1981 season.During its 21 appearances, UVa has played 55 contests and has posted arecord of 38-15-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament to go along with fiveNational Championships in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. After droppinga 2-1 overtime contest to N.C. State in double-overtime in 1990, UVa hasrecorded an eye-opening record of 28-4-1.

Last season, Virginia went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament. TheCavaliers opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Rider (11/22/98)and a 1-0 win over South Carolina (11/29/98) before falling 3-0 to Stanfordin the quarterfinal round on December 6th.

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