CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 9 Virginia women’s soccer team (8-2-1) is set to face No. 1 North Carolina (10-0-0) in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at 8 p.m. on Friday night (Nov. 13) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Virginia is the three seed in the tournament, while top-ranked North Carolina is the two seed.
The winner of Friday night’s match will face the winner of Friday’s other match between top-seeded Florida State and fifth-seeded Duke in the finals at noon on Sunday.
The ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament is not open to the public.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
The match between the Cavaliers and the Tar Heels will be carried on the ACC Network and streamed live on the ESPN app to viewers who subscribe to a cable system that carries the ACC Network. Live stats are also available for the match and linked at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomenSoccer).
• UVA advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 win over sixth-seeded Louisville on Tuesday night
• Alexa Spaanstra has notched at least a point in five straight matches since returning to action against Louisville (10/15) with five goals and two assists in that time
• Rebecca Jarrett is the only player to start all 11 games for the Cavaliers this season and has scored in two of the last three matches with goals at Boston College and Syracuse
• The Cavaliers started 11 different lineups throughout the 11 matches played so far this season
• Diana Ordoñez has vaulted to the team lead in points (18) after tallying at least one point in five of the last six matches with six goals and four assists in that span
• Ordoñez tallied a hat trick against Louisville – only the fifth in ACC Tournament history and the first since the 2004 ACC Tournament. She is only the second non-UNC player to accomplish the feat.
• Freshman Lia Godfrey is tied for second in the ACC in assists (6) and tied for fifth in points (12)
• Virginia has two of the top four players in the ACC in goals and assists (Ordoñez, Spaanstra)
THE SERIES WITH NORTH CAROLINA
• The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with the Cavaliers, posting a 38-4-4 mark vs. the Hoos
• Virginia has gone 4-4-2 against the Tar Heels in the last 10 meetings between the teams
• The teams have faced each other 11 times in ACC Tournament action with UNC leading 7-2-2
• UVA has won two of the last four meetings in the ACC Tournament (2012, 2014) and lost in the 2016 quarterfinal played at UNC and the ACC Championship final played in 2019
THE CAVALIERS’ LAST MATCH AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
• The Hoos and Tar Heels last met in the finals of the 2019 ACC Championship, a 2-1 UNC win in double overtime
• Virginia got a goal from Diana Ordoñez, tying the match in the 68th minute off a free kick into the box
• Maycee Bell hit the first UNC goal in the sixth minute, while Alessia Russo hit the winner in the 102nd minute
• Virginia keeper Laurel Ivory made three saves before leaving the tie game with injury in the 88th minute of play
• Michaela Moran closed out the game for UVA, playing the final 14 minutes with a save and a goal allowed
THE NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS AT A GLANCE
• The Tar Heels are the top-ranked team in the nation with a 10-0-0 record overall and 8-0-0 mark in the ACC
• North Carolina is the second seed in the ACC Tournament because of the tiebreaker with Florida State
• Brianna Pinto leads the Tar Heels with five goals and two assists for a team-leading 12 points this season
• North Carolina has scored 19 goals this season and defensively has allowed only three goals on the year
• Claudia Dickey has started all 10 matches for UNC and has posted seven shutouts with 19 saves on 56 shots faced