CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s soccer team (14-4-2) continues NCAA Tournament play when the Cavaliers take on top-ranked and top-seeded Florida State (13-0-1) in the College Cup on Thursday (May 13). Kick is set for 6 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the finals to face either second-seeded North Carolina or 11th-seeded Santa Clara on Monday (May 17).
Virginia is the only unseeded team to advance to the semifinals and is ranked No. 13 in the rankings.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
The match will be broadcast on ESPN2 and will also be available for streaming through the ESPN app. Live stats and links to the broadcast stream are available at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomenSoccer).
LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE
Limited numbers of tickets are available for purchase to the College Cup. Fans can find ticketing options at https://www.ncaatickets.com/championship/womens-college-cup.
NOTING THE CAVALIERS
• Virginia is led on the attack up top by forwards Rebecca Jarrett, Diana Ordoñez and Alexa Spaanstra
• Diana Ordoñez holds a team-leading 29 points with 12 goals and five assists this season
• Spaanstra has added 10 goals and a pair of assists this season for 22 points on the year
• The speedy Jarrett completes the trifecta up top with 11 points as she has added four goals and three assists
• The trio of forwards have combined for eight game winners and 26 of the team’s 40 goals this year
• ACC Freshman of the Year Lia Godfrey is third on the team with 17 off a team-leading nine assists and four goals
• Laurel Ivory has posted a 10-4-2 record in goal and three straight shutouts heading into the semifinal match
• The back line features center backs Claire Constant and Talia Staude who have played the full time in 14 outings
• Constant has three goals, including two game winners, while Staude has also added a goal this season
• Godfrey, Ordoñez and Spaanstra all earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors on Tuesday
VIRGINIA’S ROAD TO THE COLLEGE CUP
• Virginia has won four straight matches to advance to the College Cup for the third time under Steve Swanson
• In those four victories, the Cavaliers have knocked off three conference champions for the semifinal appearance
• In the opening round, Virginia got a brace from Alexa Spaanstra to rally for a 3-1 victory over SIUE
• Spaanstra delivered another brace in the second round while Laurel Ivory added a career-high 11 saves in a 2-0 victory over No. 12 seed BYU
• The Cavaliers then used a hat trick from Diana Ordoñez in the Sweet 16 to down Rice by a score of 3-0
• In the quarterfinal match, Lizzy Sieracki hit her first goal since 2018 to lift UVA to a 1-0 win over No. 4 seed TCU
• Virginia has scored nine unanswered goals after surrendering the early goal to SIUE in the opening-round match
VIRGINIA IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
• UVA makes its fourth appearance in a semifinal all-time and third College Cup appearance under Steve Swanson
• UVA’s 33 appearances is second all-time, while the 27 straight appearances is the second longest active streak
• Virginia holds a 47-28-7 record in matches played in the NCAA Tournament all-time
• That record is impressive in the Swanson era with a 44-17-6 mark under his leadership
• The Cavaliers have out-scored foes 173-to-89 in NCAA Tournament matches
• That score margin is more pronounced under Swanson coming in at 160-to-64 all-time
THE SERIES WITH THE SEMINOLES
• Virginia and Florida State meet for the second time this season after FSU won the regular-season meeting 4-3
• It is the third meeting in an NCAA Tournament match with FSU holding a 2-0-0 record in those contests
• FSU won the first meeting in 2011 at home in the quarterfinals and won the 2014 championship game matchup
• Virginia leads the all-time series with the Seminoles 21-9-6
• FSU leads the last 10 meetings 4-3-3 and the last five meetings 3-2-0, though Virginia won both meetings in 2019