CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team opens its 2011 regular season Friday night as it hosts West Virginia. The No. 10 Cavaliers and No. 13 Mountaineers will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be the second game of a soccer doubleheader, with the Virginia men’s soccer team playing George Mason at 5 p.m. in its final preseason exhibition game.
Tickets for Friday’s game are $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission.
The Cavaliers open the season ranked No. 10 by the NSCAA and No. 16 by Soccer America. They split a pair of exhibition games in the preseason, falling to No. 1 and reigning NCAA Champion Notre Dame 7-5 on Aug. 12 in Maple City, Mich., before returning home and defeating George Mason 5-0 on Aug. 15. First-year midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) led Virginia in the preseason with three goals, while sophomore forward Amber Fry (Northfield, Ill.) added two.
The Mountaineers, the reigning Big East champions, enter the season ranked No. 13 by the NSCAA and No. 21 by Soccer America. They split their two exhibition contests, falling 1-0 at Maryland and defeating Central Michigan 2-1.
The game marks the 11th-consecutive season Virginia and West Virginia have played. The Cavaliers own an 8-3-2 edge in the series, including a 5-1-1 advantage in Charlottesville. Home teams are 5-0-2 in the series since 2005, including the Mountaineers’ 1-0 win in Morgantown last season.
Season tickets are currently on sale for Virginia men’s and women’s soccer. Fans can order 2011 season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit VirginiaSports.com. In-person sales 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. Reserved Season Passes for Men’s Soccer or Women’s Soccer only are $50. General Admission All-Soccer Season Passes are also available for adults ($40), Youth/Senior ($30) and Faculty/Staff ($30).