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Sept. 20, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The #9 ranked University of Virginia men’s soccer team will return to action on Saturday, September 21st when UVa travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the #16 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in an Atlantic Coast Conference match. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM and will be played at Fetzer Field on the campus of North Carolina.

Virginia (3-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) will face North Carolina (4-2-0, 0-0-0 ACC) in a very important conference match for both teams. After going undefeated in the regular season last year (including a perfect 6-0-0 mark in the conference and not allowing a single goal to be scored upon them), the Cavaliers suffered a 2-1 loss to the #13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the conference-opening match for both squads last weekend (September 14th) in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Tar Heels, the 2001 defending national champions, will be looking to get off to a good start in ACC play in their conference-opening match with UVa.

UVa stared the season off with three consecutive victories over #25 Kentucky, Rhode Island and Virginia Commonwealth before dropping their last two matches to Penn State and Wake Forest. The Cavaliers have not lost three consecutive matches since the 1981 season. UNC also began the 2002 season with three wins after topping Akron, #11 Saint Louis and Long Island before falling to Davidson and Yale in back-to-back matches. North Carolina bounced back in its last outing to top Brown to end its two-game slide.

The Tar Heels are 3-1-0 at home this season at Fetzer Field. North Carolina defeated Akron (2-1 in overtime), #11 Saint Louis (2-1) and Long Island (4-2) before falling to Davidson (1-0) at home. The Cavaliers are 0-1-0 on the road after their 2-1 loss to the Demon Deacons and are 1-2-0 away from home after defeating VCU (4-1) and falling to Penn State (4-2) on a neutral field in College Park, Maryland.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Virginia posted a 2-0 shutout victory over North Carolina on September 22, 2001 in Charlottesville, Va. UVa was also victorious in its last trip to Fetzer Field after the Cavaliers posted a 3-1 victory over the Tar Heels on September 24, 2000 in Chapel Hill.

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