CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 6 Virginia women’s soccer team looks for its second consecutive win over a top-three opponent as it hosts No. 3 North Carolina Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The team is looking to set a new Klöckner Stadium women’s soccer attendance record of 2,500 fans. The current record is 2,011, set in 2007 against Virginia Tech. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free Virginia Soccer rally towel. Fans will also receive the third set of 2010 Virginia women’s soccer trading cards (while supplies last).
The Cavaliers are 8-2-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in the ACC after upsetting then-No. 1 Boston College 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. Meghan Lenczyk (McLean, Va.) scored the golden goal in overtime, her team-leading ninth goal of the season and her conference-leading fifth game-winner this season. She was honored as the NSCAA National Player of the Week and the ACC Co-Player of the Week.
North Carolina enters the game at 10-1-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the ACC. The Tar Heels have topped Virginia Tech 2-1 and NC State 3-0 in their last two outings after opening conference play with a 3-2 home loss to Boston College.
Friday’s game is a matchup between the two highest scoring teams in the nation. North Carolina leads the nation, averaging 3.25 goals per game. Virginia ranks second at 3.18 goals per game.
The matchup is the 36th all-time meeting between the teams. Virginia is looking for its first ever win against the Tar Heels, with North Carolina leading the all-time series 34-0-2. Both ties have come in the ACC Tournament. In the 2004 final, the Cavaliers won the title in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the 2007 semifinals, with the Tar Heels advancing on penalty kicks. Four of the last eight meetings in the series have gone to overtime.
The Cavaliers will continue their homestand on Oct. 14 when they host Duke. Game time is 7 p.m.