Virginia Releases 2015 Men's Soccer Schedule
June 15, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 2015 schedule for the Virginia men’s soccer team has been released. The reigning national champions will be challenged throughout their 16-match regular season, which includes 11 home games. The stout home schedule features five contests against teams which advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2014.
“We have put together a challenging schedule once again this season,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We think that this schedule, like in recent years, will help us to improve and prepare for tournament play in November and December. The ACC schedule will be very tough once again this year, and we also have a strong non-conference schedule.”
Virginia begins the regular-season schedule with a pair of matches against 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifiers at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium. The Cavaliers open the regular season on Saturday, Aug. 29, against Charlotte, which was the No. 10 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The 49ers have nine starters back from their 2014 side, which won the Conference USA championship.
Virginia then plays host to Tulsa on Sept. 5. The Golden Hurricane went 11-6-3 last year, won the American Athletic Conference championship and reached the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling 2-0 at Saint Louis. The game is a rematch from 2014 when Tulsa handed UVa a 1-0 defeat in double overtime last September at Tulsa.
The Cavaliers open their road schedule on Sept. 11 at Duke in a contest that also marks the start of the eight-match ACC slate. The Cavaliers also have road matches scheduled at VCU (Sept. 21), Notre Dame (Sept. 25), Boston College (Oct. 9) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 23). The match with the Fighting Irish will be UVa’s third trip to South Bend in 10 months, as the Cavaliers lost to Notre Dame on Nov. 9 in the ACC tournament before rebounding to oust the top-seeded Fighting Irish from the NCAA tournament on Nov. 30.
Virginia starts its ACC home schedule on Sept. 18 against NC State, while the conference home slate also features matches against Louisville (Oct. 2), Pitt (Oct. 16) and North Carolina (Oct. 30). The Cardinals reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament last year, while UNC advanced to the quarterfinals before falling at No. 2-seeded UCLA in a penalty-kick shootout.
UVa has five midweek home games on the docket: George Mason (Sept. 8), James Madison (Sept. 15), George Washington (Sept. 29), Portland (Oct. 5) and American (Oct. 13). JMU reached the NCAA tournament last season after winning the CAA championship. George Mason and American each won 11 games and just missed the NCAA tournament a year ago.
Virginia does not play Clemson, Syracuse or Wake Forest in ACC action this year.
All matches in the ACC tournament this season will be contested on campus. The 10-team tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, with play-in games featuring seeds 7 through 10. The top four seeds will play host to the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 8, while the semifinals will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The championship match will be played at the highest remaining seed on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The NCAA tournament begins Nov. 19 and culminates Dec. 11 and 13 with the NCAA College Cup at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Virginia will play three exhibition matches prior to the start of the regular season. UVa opens its exhibition season on Aug. 15 against Navy. Prior to the match, UVa will raise its 2014 NCAA Championship banner at KlÃ¶ckner Stadium.
UVa also entertains Radford Aug. 18 before concluding the preseason with a friendly at Georgetown on Aug. 22. The exhibition with the Hoyas is a rematch from the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, where UVa prevailed in a PK shootout to advance to the College Cup.
Virginia returns 16 letterwinners this season from its national championship team, including seven starters from the title game. UVa has won seven national championships and 15 ACC titles and also has appeared in 34-consecutive NCAA tournaments – the longest current streak in the nation.
2015 Ticket Information
Virginia soccer season tickets go on sale June 22 and offer the best value. Season-ticket holders from last season 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).
Reserved season tickets are $45. Reserved season tickets were sold out in 2014 and these ticket holders will have the first opportunity to renew their seats. All new orders will be placed on a waitlist and customers will be contacted after the July 16 priority deadline regarding their status. General Admission season tickets also are available for adults ($20), Youth/Senior ($15) and UVa Faculty/Staff ($15).
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 10 and are $9 for reserved seats if available. $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4.