CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 2 Virginia women’s soccer team (8-0-1, 1-0-0 ACC) continues league play on the road this week as the Cavaliers travel to face No. 18 Notre Dame (7-1-0, 0-1-0 ACC) in a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday (Sept. 22).
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Thursday night’s contest at No. 18 Notre Dame will be streamed on ACCNX which is available through the ESPN app and at WatchESPN.com for customers who have the ACC Network as part of their television subscription. Live stats are also available and links to both the live stream and broadcast are available at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomenSoccer).
• UVA jumped up to No. 2 in the rankings after rallying for a 3-2 win at then No. 2 North Carolina this past Saturday.
• The No. 2 ranking is the highest of the season for the Cavaliers who have been in the top 10 all year.
• Lia Godfrey earned Player of the Week honors from Top Drawer Soccer after hitting the game-winning goal in the three-goal rally for the Hoos at North Carolina over the weekend.
• Maggie Cagle assisted on the Godfrey game winner and now has assisted on five game-winning goals this season in her six assists. She also hit a game winner on her only goal of the year.
• Cagle leads the nation in game-winning assists among all players and ranks 19th nationally in assists per game (0.67) while leading the ACC. She is 10th nationally in total assists (6).
• Rebecca Jarrett scored her third goal this year, hitting the first goal at UNC to spark the UVA rally.
• Lacey McCormack delivered her first assist of the year when she connected with Alexa Spaanstra for the equalizer in the North Carolina match. It was the second career assist for McCormack.
• Haley Hopkins is looking for the 50th goal of her career with her next score for the Cavaliers.
• She is among the NCAA offensive leaders ranking seventh in game-winning goals (3) and 15th in goals per game (0.78). She leads the ACC in both categories and is 10th nationally in goals (7).
• As a team, the Cavaliers enter the week ranked in the top 11 nationally in goals (5th – 30), points (8th – 85) and assists (11th – 25) and rank second in the ACC in all three categories.
• Virginia is sixth nationally in scoring offense with 3.33 goals per game and is third in the ACC.
• Alexa Spaanstra continues to climb the UVA record books and is closing and has made 93 career starts which is second most at UVA. She’s closing in on matching 100 starts made by Laurel Ivory.
• Spaanstra ranks sixth in UVA history in assists (32) and her 32 goals is closing in on the top 10.
THE SERIES WITH NOTRE DAME
• Virginia and Notre Dame have faced each other nine times with the Cavaliers holding a 7-1-1 lead in the series.
• The Cavaliers have won three straight in the series dating back to the lone tie in the 2017 season.
• Notre Dame picked up a win in the series with a 2-1 victory in overtime at Klöckner Stadium in the 2015 season.
• This will be the fourth match played at Alumni Stadium with the Hoos holding a 3-0-0 lead in games played there.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will come home for the first time in ACC play when the Cavalier host Louisville on Sunday afternoon. Kick for the game against the Cardinals is set for 2 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.