November 6, 2005
No. 7 Virginia (15-4-1) vs. No. 3 North Carolina (19-1-0)
ACC Tournament Final
SAS Soccer Stadium
TV: Live on CSN-Mid Atlantic, FSN South, Sun Sports, NESN
Today’s Game: The Cavaliers look to capture their second consecutive ACC Championship as they meet North Carolina in Sunday’s ACC Final. The game is a rematch of last year’s championship game in which the teams played to a 1-1 draw before Virginia downed the Tar Heels in penalty kicks to win the program’s first conference title. Virginia reached the final with a 2-0 win over No. 6 Florida State on Friday night in the semifinals, while North Carolina downed Duke 2-1 in the other semifinal as the Tar Heels avenged their lone loss of the season.
The Series: Sunday’s game is the 31st all-time meeting between the schools with North Carolina holding a 0-29-1 advantage in the series. It will also be the sixth meeting between the schools in the ACC Tournament with UNC holding a 4-0-1 series advantage in those games. North Carolina won the regular season meeting this year 2-1 in double overtime at Fetzer Field. The teams last met in the postseason in last year’s ACC Final with the Cavaliers winning the title in penalty kicks, the only game of the series that the Tar Heels have not won. Virginia has scored in the last eight meetings vs. UNC, tying the longest such streak against the Tar Heels (Duke 92-95)
ACC Tournament History: The Cavaliers are appearing in their third ACC final and have met the Tar Heels in all three. Virginia fell to the Tar Heels 2-0 in the 1990 final and topped UNC in penalty kicks last season. Overall, Virginia has a 10-13-4 record in the ACC Tournament. Virginia is the No. 2 seed this year and have a 7-2-2 record all-time as the No. 2 seed. The Cavaliers were the No. 2 seed last season when they won the title.
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.