No. 6 Virginia Opens ACC Play at No. 11 Louisville Friday
|No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) at No. 11 Louisville (4-0)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.|
|Location||Louisville, Ky. | Trager Stadium|
|Media||Streaming Video ($) Live Stats|
|Additional Information||Season Stats | Season Preview | Fact Book (.pdf)|
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Sept. 10, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team (4-0) plays its first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season on Friday, Sept. 11, playing at No. 11 Louisville (4-0) at 6 p.m. at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
The game will be streamed live online with a subscription to the GoCards Digital Network. A link to free live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is ranked sixth in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, with the Cardinals ranked 11th. Virginia and Louisville are two of 10 remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.
Louisville has only allowed one goal this season, defeating Appalachian State, 8-1, in the season opener. The Cards have logged three-straight shut outs of Indiana (3-0), California (1-0) and UC Davis (2-0). Virginia will be the first ranked opponent Louisville has played this season. The Cardinals will be the third ranked opponent Virginia has faced in its first five games.
The Cavaliers come into the weekend ranked in the top-five in the nation in four different statistical categories. Virginia is fifth in scoring average (4.47), fourth in goals-per-game (4.75) and third in points-per-game (13.0) and assists-per-game (3.50).
Sophomore midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) leads the team with 11 points, scoring four goals with three assists. Freshman striker Greta Ell (Plains, Pa.) is second with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Vittese and Ell are the top-two ACC players in points this season. Their 1.0 goal-per-game average is also the best in the ACC.
The Virginia goalkeeping tandem of junior Rebecca Holden (Fishing Creek, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) have combined to post a 2.35 goals-against average. Both goalies are 2-0 this season.
Virginia leads the all-time series between the two programs 5-1 with the Cavaliers winning the last three meetings, including a 3-2 victory in double-overtime last season in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers close out their weekend road trip playing at Miami (Oh.) on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. before returning home on Friday, Sept. 18 to host No. 4 Duke at 6 p.m. at Turf Field.