CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 7 Virginia women’s soccer team concludes its non-conference schedule this weekend as it hosts the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic on Friday and Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers play Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m., and Penn State on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Play begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with UCF playing Penn State, followed by Virginia-Washington State at 7 p.m. Sunday’s action begins at 11 a.m. with UCF-Washington State, followed by Virginia-Penn State at 2 p.m.
Tickets for each day are $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission.
Sunday’s game against Penn State will be webcast on VirginiaSports.com. It will be the first of five Cavalier women’s soccer home games fans can watch online this season.
Virginia (6-0-0) posted a pair of shutout wins last week, downing Arizona State 3-0 and Drexel 4-0. The Cavaliers are off to their best start to a season since 2004, when they went 9-0-0 to start the year and went on to win the ACC Championship. Virginia leads the nation with 26 goals scored this season and 13 different goal scorers.
Washington State (4-1-0) comes to Charlottesville riding a three-game win streak, coming off of home wins over Seattle, Wyoming and Weber State. It is their first trip to the East Coast since a 2009 NCAA Tournament trip to Maryland.
Penn State (5-1-0) has won five-straight games since dropping its season opener at No. 2 Stanford. Last week the Nittany Lions won the Pitt Soccer Classic, topping NC State and host Pittsburgh.
UCF (2-1-1), who the Cavaliers won’t play in the event, is led by Virginia alumna and former US Women’s National Team player Amanda Cromwell (’92). The Knights are coming off a trip to the West Coast where they tied San Diego State and defeated San Diego.
Friday’s game is the first ever meeting between Virginia and Washington State. Sunday’s game is the ninth meeting between Virginia and Penn State, with the Nittany Lions leading the series 5-2-1. The last six meetings between the teams have come in Happy Valley, with Penn State’s last trip to Klöckner coming in 1998.
This season marks the 24th time Virginia has hosted an in-season tournament, winning the title 14 times. The Cavaliers have won the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic in each of the past four seasons.
Live stats for all four games of the tournament will be available at VirginiaSports.com.