LOS ANGELES – The No. 3 seed Virginia women’s soccer team (16-3-3) takes the pitch on Saturday night (Nov. 26) in a quarterfinal match of the NCAA Tournament at No. 1 seed UCLA. Kick is set for 9 p.m. ET at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Saturday night’s match will be streamed on ESPN+ and is available through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Live stats for the game are also available and links to both the live stats and stream are at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomenSoccer).
• UVA’s 29 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the second-longest active streak while the Hoos’ 35 total appearances is the second most total appearances by a program in NCAA history.
• UVA is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals after making its 17th Sweet 16 appearance in the last 18 years last weekend at Penn State.
• Virginia is coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against the second-seeded Nittany Lions behind a second-half rally that saw the Hoos twice tie the game to force overtime.
• Spaanstra is tied for third in total assists among active NCAA D1 players (34) for a career.
• Cayla White has nine solo shutouts this year – tied for ninth all-time at UVA in season shutouts. Her 11 career shutouts is tied for seventh all-time and one shy of seventh at UVA.
• White’s 11 shutouts is second in the ACC this season and is 26th nationally in the category.
• Hopkins leads UVA with 13 goals this season and is third among active NCAA D1 players in career goals scored (55) and 135 points to date. She is 14th nationally in goals (13) this season.
• Cagle leads UVA with 12 assists, is 11th nationally in assists/game (0.55) and sixth in total assists.
• Lia Godfrey turned in her first career multiple-goal game against Xavier in the second round.
• As a team, Virginia in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (10th – 2.50 gpg), total goals (8th – 55) and total points (9th – 154). UVA is top four in the ACC in all three categories.
THE SERIES WITH UCLA
• Virginia and UCLA have faced each other 11 times with the Bruins leading the all-time series 6-3-2.
• Seven of the 11 matches have come on the road for UVA with two more played at neutral sites.
• The teams first met in 1995, playing to a 1-1 draw in a match played in Livermore, California.
• The last game came in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, a 2-1 victory by the Bruins – the second meeting between the teams that year
VIRGINIA VS. UCLA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Virginia and UCLA will face each other for the seventh time in the NCAA Tournament with UCLA leading 4-1-1.
• Three of those meetings in the NCAA Tournament have come in the quarterfinals or later.
• UCLA won quarterfinal matchups in 2005 while the Hoos won the 2014 quarterfinal matchup.
• The teams played to a draw in the 2013 semifinals with UVA advancing to the championship in a shootout.
• Six of the seven NCAA games played between the teams will have been at UCLA with the seventh at Cary, N.C.
WHAT’S ON THE LINE SATURDAY NIGHT
• Virginia and UCLA are playing for a spot in the College Cup and will be the last game of the quarterfinal round.
• The Hoos are looking to advance to the College Cup for the fourth time under head coach Steve Swanson.
• UVA advanced to the semifinals in the 1991 season and a win would give them a fifth semifinal appearance.
• The winner of the game between UCLA and Virginia will face either No. 1 seed Alabama or No. 2 seed Duke.