CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team announced its 2011 schedule today, which includes a school-record 13 home games at Klöckner Stadium and 10 contests against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams.
“We are very excited about the challenges our 2011 schedule presents for our team,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “Once again we will be competing against many of the top teams in the nation both in and out of the ACC. The good news for our fans is most of these games will take place at home. We have never shied away from playing a strong non-conference schedule despite the rigors of competing in the ACC because we feel this is the best way we can prepare our team and get it ready for the post-season.”
Virginia will open the regular season with a nine-game homestand, beginning with the season-opener on Aug. 19 against West Virginia. That is followed with games against Richmond, Liberty, St. John’s, Arizona State and Drexel. The Virginia Nike Soccer Classic is Sept. 9 and 11, with the Cavaliers meeting Washington State and Penn State. The fourth team in the event is UCF, coached by former Cavalier All-American Amanda Cromwell.
The season-opening homestand concludes on Sept. 15 with the ACC opener against Maryland. Virginia takes to the road for the first time with a four-game road trip to Boston College, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. Virginia plays four of its final five regular season games at home, hosting Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami.
The ACC Tournament takes on a new format this season. It begins on Oct. 30 as the top four seeds host quarterfinal games. Those winners will travel to Cary, N.C., for the semifinals and final the following weekend at the WakeMed Soccer Park. The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 11 and runs through the College Cup in Kennesaw, Ga., on Dec. 2 and 4.
Prior to the season, the Cavaliers play a pair of exhibition games. They will play reigning NCAA champion Notre Dame in Maple City, Mich., on Aug. 12 before returning home to host George Mason on Aug. 14.
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 VirginiaSports.com/Tickets. 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 Women’s Soccer Reserved Season Pass is $50. General Admission All-Soccer Season Passes are also available for adults ($40), youth/senior ($30) and UVa faculty/staff ($30).
Additionally, an ACC Rivalry Package for women’s soccer is available for $15 (adult) and $10 (youth/senior/faculty/staff) and includes general admission to three conference women’s soccer games – Sept. 15 vs. Maryland, Oct. 8 vs. Florida State and Oct. 20 vs. Virginia Tech.
2011 Virginia Women’s Soccer Schedule
Aug. 12 vs. Notre Dame (ex.) (Maple City, Mich.) 1 p.m.
Aug. 14 GEORGE MASON (ex.) 7 p.m.
Aug. 19 WEST VIRGINIA 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 21 RICHMOND 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 LIBERTY 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 ST. JOHN’S 2 p.m.
Sept. 2 ARIZONA STATE 7 p.m.
Sept. 4 DREXEL 2 p.m.
Sept. 9 WASHINGTON STATE (Virginia Nike Soccer Classic) 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 PENN STATE (Virginia Nike Soccer Classic) 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 MARYLAND 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Boston College 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 at North Carolina 3 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Duke 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Wake Forest 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 FLORIDA STATE 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at NC State 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 CLEMSON 1 p.m.
Oct. 20 VIRGINIA TECH 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 MIAMI 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 ACC Quarterfinal (at higher seeds)
Nov. 4-6 ACC Tournament Semifinals/Final (at Cary, N.C.)