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March 4, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team has announced its 2005 schedule, which includes 11 home games at Klöckner Stadium. This season, the Cavaliers will play 13 of their 18 games against teams that competed in last season’s NCAA Tournament, five of which advanced to the round of 16.

“This is one of our more challenging schedules in recent years for two reasons, 1) the ACC is growing and becoming even more competitive, and 2) we have not changed our philosophy regarding our non conference schedule which is to try and play the best teams we can face early,” says Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “We do not have the same kind of experience on the team, especially in the back, so this schedule will give us a great opportunity to see where we are early. It should also have us well tested as we head into the ACC portion of the schedule.”

The season will be the first ACC season with 11 women’s soccer programs with the addition of Boston College this fall. The Cavaliers will visit Boston College, along with Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Virginia’s home conference schedule will consist of Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Maryland, and NC State.

The Cavaliers will once again play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation this season. Virginia will play two traditional regional powers, as West Virginia visits Klöckner Stadium on August 28 and the Cavaliers travel to Penn State a week later. The 2005 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic will once again be one of the premier in-season tournaments in the nation. All four teams at the event are 2004 NCAA Tournament participants as the Cavaliers will take on Tennessee and Dayton. The Cavaliers’ schedule opens on August 26 when they host Rhode Island, and also includes St. Bonaventure, and intrastate rivals James Madison and Richmond.

Virginia will open the 2005 campaign with a training camp in Michigan, as they have done twice before in the past four years. On the trip, the Cavaliers will play a pair of exhibition games against Midwest powers. On August 16, the Cavaliers will play Michigan in Traverse City, Mich., before playing defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame two days later in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“During the pre-season, Michigan is the ideal training environment for us,” adds Swanson. “The weather is usually perfect during that time of year, we have great training facilities, including Lake Michigan, to help us with our recovery. We are a bit isolated which should allow us more opportunity to come together as a team off the field. This is extremely important this season since we will have such a large incoming class. The key though is the games and we are extremely excited to be able to play both Michigan and Notre Dame on the trip.”

In 2004, the Cavaliers posted a 17-3-2 record, winning their first ACC Championship. Sixteen veterans return from that squad and will be joined by one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

2005 Virginia Women’s Soccer Schedule

Aug. 16  vs. Michigan (exhibition - Traverse City, MI)  TBAAug. 18  vs. Notre Dame (exhibition - Fort Wayne, IN)   7:00 pm
Aug. 26  RHODE ISLAND                                   7:00 pmAug. 28  WEST VIRGINIA                                  TBAAug. 31  at James Madison                               7:00 pmSept. 4  at Penn State                                  1:00 pm
Sept. 9-11 Virginia Nike Soccer ClassicSept. 9  Dayton vs. William & Mary                      4:30 pm         TENNESSEE                                      7:00 pmSept. 11 Tennessee vs. William & Mary                   12:00 pm         DAYTON                                         2:30 pm
Sept. 16 ST. BONAVENTURE                                7:00 pmSept. 18 RICHMOND                                       TBASept. 22 at Wake Forest*                                7:00 pmSept. 25 at Duke*                                       TBASept. 29 FLORIDA STATE*                                 7:00 pmOct. 2   MIAMI*                                         2:00 pmOct. 6   at North Carolina*                             7:00 pmOct. 9   CLEMSON*                                       2:00 pmOct. 13  at Virginia Tech*                              7:00 pmOct. 20  at Boston College*                             3:00 pmOct. 23  MARYLAND*                                      2:00 pmOct. 29  NC STATE*                                      5:00 pm
Nov. 2-6 at ACC Tournament (Cary, NC)
Nov. 11-13  NCAA 1st & 2nd Round GamesNov. 18-20  NCAA Third RoundNov. 25-27  NCAA QuarterfinalsDec. 2-4    NCAA College Cup (College Station, TX)
* ACC GameTimes are local and subject to change
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