CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 Virginia women’s soccer team plays its highest ranked opponent of the season thus far as it visits No. 5 Maryland Thursday night. Game time at Ludwig Field is set for 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers are 7-1-1 on the season and 1-0-0 in the ACC after winning 3-0 at Virginia Tech last week in their conference opener. The Terrapins are 8-0-1 (0-0-1 ACC) this season, winning their first eight contests before a 1-1 draw in their ACC opener against Duke in College Park.
Virginia is looking for its first road win over a top-five opponent since a 2-0 win at No. 4 Portland in 1999. The Cavaliers’ last win overall against a top-five opponent was a 1-0 win over No. 4 Florida State last season at Klöckner Stadium.
Thursday’s game is the 32nd all-time meeting between the teams. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series 24-3-4, including an 8-3-2 record in College Park. Last season, Virginia used a last-second goal by Jess Rostedt to tie Maryland 2-2 in Charlottesville. In their last trip to Ludwig Field, in 2008, the Cavaliers posted a 3-2 overtime win on Colleen Flanagan’s (Downingtown, Pa.) golden goal. Virginia’s 24 wins against the Terrapins are the most against any opponent.
The Cavaliers will return home to start a four-game homestand on Sunday when they host top-ranked Boston College. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 2 p.m.