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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s soccer program announced its 2011 schedule on Thursday (June 30) and the slate features at least 13 home contests at Klöckner Stadium, including two preseason exhibitions. Virginia, which earned a 30th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010 to extend the nation’s longest-active streak, will face six teams that advanced to postseason play last year.

“I believe the Atlantic Coast Conference is the best soccer conference in the country,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “Right up there is the BIG EAST and the Big Ten, and we have two BIG EAST opponents in West Virginia and Cincinnati and a Big Ten opponent in Wisconsin on our 2011 schedule. Couple that with the fact that we host North Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and NC State for a good slate of ACC home games. Before we get there, however, we play four of our first five games on the road which will present a different challenge for us as we open our season.”

The Cavaliers return nine starters from last year’s squad, including returning All-ACC honorees Brian Ownby (first team) and Brian Span (all-freshman team).

Virginia soccer season tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 5. Last year’s season ticket holders will receive a renewal application in the mail. All other fans can order season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit In-person purchases can be made at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

The 2011 All-Soccer Reserved Season Pass (reserved seats for all home men’s and women’s games) is $90. The Men’s Soccer Reserved Season Pass is $50. General Admission All-Soccer Season Passes are also available for adults ($40), Youth/Senior ($30) and Faculty/Staff ($30).

Additionally, a Friday Night Lights Package for men’s soccer is available for $15 (adult) and $10 (youth/senior/faculty/staff) and includes general admission to three Friday night home men’s soccer games: – Sept. 16 vs. Charlotte, Sept. 23 vs. North Carolina and Oct. 7 vs. Maryland.

Prior to the regular season, the Cavaliers host two preseason exhibitions at Klöckner Stadium against 2010 NCAA participant East Tennessee State (Aug. 14, 5 p.m.) and in-state foe George Mason (Aug. 19, 5 p.m.).

The regular season begins on Friday, Aug. 26 when Virginia travels to Germantown, Md., for a neutral-site match against West Virginia at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The Cavaliers and Mountaineers last met in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

The home opener is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 against Richmond under the lights of Klöckner Stadium at 7 p.m.

A trip to Blacksburg, Va., over Labor Day weekend follows, with neutral-site contests scheduled against Cincinnati and Wisconsin. Virginia travels to Duke for its ACC opener on the road (Sept. 9).

2010 NCAA semifinalist North Carolina and NCAA quarterfinalist Maryland highlight the midseason home conference games on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7, respectively.

Maryland was the 2008 NCAA Champion, while Virginia claimed the program’s sixth NCAA Championship in 2009.

The 2011 ACC Tournament will run Nov. 8-13, beginning at campus sites and continuing with the semifinals and finals at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Virginia has won 15 ACC championships, including four during Gelnovatch’s tenure as head coach.

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