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Aug. 16, 2006

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The Virginia women’s soccer team opened up their 2006 preseason schedule with a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame in an exhibition Wednesday afternoon. The match was played in Traverse City, Mich., where the Cavaliers have been training this week.

In a battle between two consensus top-ten teams in the preseason rankings, the Fighting Irish took a 1-0 lead with a first half goal. Notre Dame then added a pair of goals in the second half.

For the Cavaliers, Christina de Vries (Westlake Village, Calif.) played in goal in the first half, while Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) played in the second half.

“Today was a good scrimmage for us,” head coach Steve Swanson said. “We learned a lot of things from the game. It was the kind of scrimmage you need at this point of the preseason to assess where we are as a team. I thought it was a good match for both teams, much more competitive than the final score indicates.”

The Cavaliers will conclude training in Traverse City on Thursday and travel to East Lansing, Mich., where they will play Michigan State in an exhibition on Friday.

Virginia opens the regular season on Friday, August 25 as they host Syracuse at Klöckner Stadium. The game is set for 5 p.m. and is the first contest of a Virginia soccer doubleheader. The Virginia men’s soccer team will open their season in the second game, as they host Davidson.

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