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The Virginia men’s soccer team will host its final preseason exhibition match Saturday against Old Dominion at Klckner Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the exhibition price of $6 (reserved seating), $4 (general admission adult) and $2 (general admission for youth, senior citizens, faculty and staff) by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 or online by clicking here.

The Cavaliers are coming off a preseason exhibition victory at West Virginia last weekend, defeating the Mountaineers, 2-1. Freshman Tony Tchani and junior Matt Mitchell were UVa’s goal-scorers, while Ross LaBauex tallied an assist.

Virginia returns 14 letterwinners and nine players that tallied points from last year’s squad that finished with a 12-8-2 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. LaBauex scored seven goals last year, the most of any returning Cavalier. He also had four assists in a breakout season for UVa, while Mitchell contributed three goals and an assist.

Other familiar faces back for Virginia include midfielders Neil Barlow (three goals, five assists in 2007), Jonathan Villanueva (two goals, six assists), Matt Poole and T.J. Cyrus. Goalkeepers Michael Giallombardo and Dan Louisignau are expected to compete for the starting nod.

Nine freshmen and three transfers are on the Cavaliers’ roster, the youngest squad since the 1999 season, when UVa also had nine freshmen.

Virginia leads the all-time series with ODU, 15-5-2, in matches dating back to 1971. The teams’ last meeting was in Norfolk, Va., in 2005 a 3-0 Monarchs’ win.

Virginia kicks off the 2008 regular season by hosting the Virginia Soccer Classic on Aug. 29 and 31. On Friday, Aug. 29, UVa hosts BIG EAST foe St. John’s at 8 p.m., following the Virginia women’s soccer game vs. Liberty at 6 p.m. Prior to the women’s game, SMU and ODU will play at Klckner Stadium at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, ODU and St. John’s will square off at 2:30 p.m., followed by Virginia women’s soccer vs. VCU. The nightcap at 8 p.m. features UVa men’s soccer vs. SMU.

Men’s and women’s season and single-game tickets are available by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 or online by clicking here.

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