CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The Virginia women’s soccer team enters the 2018 campaign as the No. 8 team in the nation according to the United Soccer Coaches preseason rankings which the organization released on Tuesday (Aug. 7).
The Cavaliers finished the 2017 season ranked No. 9 nationally after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships for the 13th consecutive season and finishing fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the way to the semifinals of the ACC Championships.
This season, the Cavaliers will face six teams ranked in the preseason top 20, including home matches against No. 10 Florida State and No. 20 NC State. Virginia will travel to face No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Penn State and No. 14 Notre Dame.
Virginia returns 19 letterwinners from last season’s squad, including nine starters. Among them is preseason All-ACC selection Taryn Torres (Frisco, Texas), who is the top returning goal scorer from last season as she tallied eight goals and an assist. Torres also hit two game-winning goals as a freshman.
The squad also features nine players in their fourth season with the program and a recruiting class ranked fourth nationally. That fourth-ranked recruiting class features six players, four of them ranked among the top 40 players nationally.
Virginia opens the 2018 season at home on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. against Colgate. The Cavaliers will host an exhibition match against UNCW at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. All home matches are played at Klöckner Stadium and tickets are on sale now.
2018 TICKET INFORMATION
Fans can purchase general admission season tickets online by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Single-game tickets are on sale now and will feature discounted tickets when purchasing online and in advance of game day for phone and sales at Bryant Hall. For all regular season home games, reserved single-game tickets can be purchased for $8 online and in advance and $10 at the box office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 online and in advance and $8 at the box office on game day.
For more information on season and single game tickets, visit: http://www.VirginiaSports.com.