CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team received a No. 2 seed in the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and will open play at home on Friday as it hosts Long Island. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
“It is never easy to get into the NCAA Tournament and we are always honored to be selected,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We are looking forward to the challenge this tournament presents. We are glad to be home to start the tournament, where we have been so successful. That is a testament to the great fan support we get at Klöckner and hopefully we can keep it going.”
This season marks the 14th time in the past 18 years that the Cavaliers have hosted NCAA Tournament play at Klöckner Stadium. Overall, Virginia has a 16-10-3 record in home NCAA Tournament games.
Virginia is making its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 24th overall appearance. Only North Carolina and Notre Dame have longer active streaks of tournament appearances. Last year Virginia advanced to the third round past Lehigh and South Carolina, before falling to Ohio State.
The Cavaliers are 14-4-2 this season and are an at-large selection in the tournament. Virginia is a No. 2 seed in the tournament for the second consecutive year and the third time in the past four years. Long Island is 12-7-1 and champions of the Northeast Conference. The Blackbirds are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance, their first since 2006.
Tickets for the game are $9 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth/student/senior citizen general admission. Fans can order tickets for the tournament online at VirginiaSports.com and by phone through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (8821). Tickets are also available at the gate beginning one hour prior to the start of play.
Free public parking will be available in the University Hall lot. The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts Appalachian State at 7 p.m. on Friday, so the John Paul Jones Arena west lot is reserved for women’s basketball permit holders.