November 2, 2005
No. 7 Virginia (13-4-1, 8-2-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (9-7-1, 4-6-0 ACC)
ACC Tournament Quarterfinal
SAS Soccer Stadium
Today’s Game: The Cavaliers begin their defense of their ACC crown on Wednesday as they meet Wake Forest in the ACC quarterfinals. Virginia is the No. 2 seed in the tournament after a posting a 13-4-1 overall record and an 8-2-0 mark in the conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a 2-0 win over NC State in their regular season finale on Saturday. Wake Forest enters the game at 9-7-1 overall, 4-6-0 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons clinched their ticket to Cary on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Miami in their regular season finale.
The Series: Wednesday’s game is the 13th all-time meeting between the schools with Virginia holding an 8-3-1 advantage in the series. Wednesday’s game is the first time the schools have ever met in the postseason. In the regular season meeting this year, which was the ACC opener for both teams, the Cavaliers scored a 1-0 win over the Deacons in Winston-Salem on a goal by Noelle Keselica.
ACC Tournament History: Virginia enters Wednesday’s game with an all-time record of 8-13-4 in the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers won their first ACC Tournament last season when they downed Virginia Tech and Clemson before defeating North Carolina in a penalty kick shootout. The Cavaliers are the No. 2 seed this season, which ties the school record for the highest seed in the tournament. It is the fifth time Virginia has been the No. 2 seed, and the Cavaliers have an all-time record of 5-2-2 as the No. 2 seed, which was their seed last season when they won the tournament.
ACC-olades: Six Cavaliers were honored this week when the All-ACC soccer teams were announced. Jess Rostedt was named ACC Freshman of the Year, the second Cavalier to win the honor in the past three years. Sarah Huffman and Noelle Keselica were named First Team All-ACC and Rostedt and Becky Sauerbrunn were named Second Team All-ACC. Nikki Krzysik and Kelly Quinn joined Rostedt on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Defense First: The Cavaliers had the top defense during the ACC regular season for the second consecutive season. Virginia led the conference with only four goals allowed in ten conference games while shutting out seven ACC opponents. Last season, Virginia led the conference with five goals allowed and six shutouts in nine ACC games.