CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 14 Virginia women’s soccer team continues a four-game road trip on Sunday as it visits No. 5 North Carolina. Game time at Fetzer Field is 3 p.m., and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
Virginia (7-2-1, 1-1 ACC) is looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at No. 18 Boston College in its road opener on Sept. 18. In the Cavaliers’ only previous game against a top-10 team this season, they downed No. 6 Maryland 4-1 on Sept. 15 at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia has scored an ACC-high 32 goals this season, led by Caroline Miller’s (Rockville, Md.) career-high nine goals.
North Carolina (6-1-0, 1-0 ACC) will enter Sunday’s game having not played in nine days, following a 5-1 win over NC State in its ACC opener on Sept. 16. The Tar Heels are 3-0 at home this season.
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 35-0-2, including a 16-0-0 record in Chapel Hill. The last five meetings at Fetzer Field have been decided by a single goal, including two overtime contests. Last season, North Carolina won 1-0 in overtime in Charlottesville. Both ties in the series have come in the ACC Tournament, in the 2004 final (UVa winning the title in penalty kicks) and the 2007 semifinals (UNC advancing in penalty kicks).
The Cavaliers are looking for its first road win against a top-five opponent since a 2-0 win at No. 4 Portland in 1999. Last season, Virginia went 1-2 against top five teams, with a 3-2 overtime home win over top-ranked Boston College, a 3-2 loss at fifth-ranked Maryland and the 1-0 overtime loss to the third-ranked Tar Heels.
Virginia continues its road trip against another top-five opponent Thursday, as it visits No. 4 Duke. Game time is 8 p.m., in Durham and the game will be broadcast live on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.