2005 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament
November 20, 2005
No. 6 Virginia (17-5-1) vs. No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (19-3-0)
Today’s Game: The Cavaliers will look to reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in school history and the first time since 2001 as they host Cal State Fullerton Sunday. Virginia reached the round of 16 with a pair of shutout wins last weekend over Liberty (4-0) and Tennessee (3-0). The Titans continue to build upon the best season in school history by reaching the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. The Big West Champions enter Sunday’s game on an 11-game win streak as they play their first ever game in the Eastern Time Zone.
The Series: Sunday’s game is first all-time meeting between the schools. The Titans are the first Big West Conference school the Cavaliers have ever played. Twice before, Virginia has played a first time opponent in the NCAA Tournament and did not advance either time. In 1988, Virginia fell 2-0 at Central Florida in the only meeting of that series and in 1998 the Cavaliers and Georgia played to a 2-2 tie before the Bulldogs advanced in penalty kicks.
NCAA Tournament History: The Cavaliers are making their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 12th consecutive appearance. After last week’s wins over Liberty and Tennessee, Virginia has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 12-15-3. Under Steve Swanson, the Cavaliers have a 9-4-2 NCAA Tournament record. Friday’s game is the 21st home NCAA Tournament game for the Cavaliers, who have a 9-9-2 record in home tournament games.
Cavaliers Look to Tie Win Mark: Virginia enters Sunday’s game with a 17-5-1 record, one win shy of the school record of 18 wins set in 1990. This season marks the third time in the past five seasons that the Cavaliers have reached 17 wins (2001, 2004).