2005 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament
November 25, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 6 Virginia (18-5-1) at No. 4 UCLA (20-1-2)
6:00 PM (PST)
Today’s Game: The Cavaliers will play in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in school history as they visit UCLA Friday night. Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton Sunday at Klockner Stadium. The Bruins are the only team to not allow a goal in this year’s tournament as they advanced with a 4-0 win over Marquette on Saturday. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the Women’s College Cup, December 2-4 in College Station, Texas.
The Series: Friday’s game is third all-time meeting between the schools, with the series tied 1-1-1. Last year, Virginia topped UCLA 3-1 in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic at Klockner Stadium. In 2002, the teams met at Drake Stadium in the UCLA Women’s Cup with the Bruins winning 4-3 in overtime. The teams also played to a 1-1 tie in 1995 in Livermore, Calif.
NCAA Tournament History: The Cavaliers are making their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 12th consecutive appearance. After last week’s win over Cal State Fullerton, Virginia has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 13-15-3. Under Steve Swanson, the Cavaliers have a 10-4-2 NCAA Tournament record. Virginia enters Friday’s game with an all-time record of 2-6-0 in NCAA Tournament road games, with a quarterfinal win at Connecticut in 1991 and a second round win at West Virginia in 2002. The Cavaliers have not played an NCAA Tournament road game since 2002 when they lost at Penn State in the round of 16. Twice before, the Cavaliers have reached the quarterfinals, winning at Connecticut in 1991 and falling at eventual national champion Santa Clara in 2001.
Cavaliers Look to Set Win Mark: Virginia enters Friday’s game with a 18-5-1 record, having tied the school record of 18 wins set in 1990. This season marks the third time in the past five seasons that the Cavaliers have had at least 17 wins (2001, 2004).