October 5, 2006
No. 2 North Carolina (12-1-0, 4-0-0) at No. 12 Virginia (7-3-2, 2-1-1)
ABOUT THE GAME
Virginia looks to bounce back into the win column Thursday as they host No. 2 North Carolina at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers are coming off a trip to Florida where they tied Florida State and lost to Miami. The Tar Heels have won 12 straight games,including wins at Clemson and over Maryland last week.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS
Virginia enters the game with a 7-3-2 record,2-1-1 in the ACC,following the loss at Miami on Sunday. Jess Rostedt leads the Cavaliers inscoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Christina de Vries has a 0.43 goals against average, while posting five shutouts in net this season.
ABOUT THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina is the consensus No. 2 team in the nation and enter the game on a 12-game win streak after dropping their season opener atTexas A&M. The Tar Heels are led in scoring by U.S. International Heather O’Reilly, who has six goals and five assists for 17 points on the year.Anna Rodenbough has played every minute in net for Carolina, posting a 0.38 goals against average and nine shutouts.
VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA SERIES
Thursday’s game is the 32nd all-time meeting between the schools with North Carolina holding a 30-0-1 advantage in the series. The Tar Heelshave won all ten previous meetings in Charlottesville. No team has played the Tar Heels as many times as Virginia without posting at least onevictory in the series. The lone tie in the series came in the final of the 2004 ACC Tournament, a 1-1 draw, after which the Cavaliers downedthe Tar Heels in penalty kicks to win their first league title.
DON’T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO
The Cavaliers have been strong in night games this season, posting a 6-0-1 record in those games, compared to a 1-3-1 record in day games. Dating back to last season, Virginia has won its last 11 night games at Klockner Stadium.
PACKING THE STANDS
The Cavaliers will be looking to set a new Klockner Stadium women’s soccer attendance record on Thursday night. The current women’s soccerattendance record (not counting doubleheaders with the UVa men’s soccer team) is 1,994, set against North Carolina in 1995. The secondand third highest crowds were also against the Tar Heels, 1,992 in 2003 and 1,560 in 2001.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Of the 23 goals scored by the Cavaliers this season, the team has nine different goal scorers. Among those nine players, seven have found theback of the net multiple times. In addition,Virginia has 12 players record a point this season, all of whom have at least two points.
The Cavaliers are on pace to break the school defensive records set during the 2004 season. That year the team set school records for goalsagainst average (0.58) and fewest goals allowed (13). This season, Virginia has allowed five goals and has a 0.40 goals against averagethrough 12 games. In 2004,Virginia had allowed six goals through the first 12 games of the season.