CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s soccer team (0-0) kicks off the season and the athletic season for the Cavaliers on Thursday (Aug. 17) when the Hoos host Nevada (0-0) in a 7 p.m. contest at Klöckner Stadium.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Thursday night’s opener against Nevada 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).
Due to construction in the area in the early part of the season that has eliminated spaces in the JPJ South lot, fans are encouraged to consider parking in the JPJ West lot and parking garage.
Tickets are available for Thursday night’s opener and fans are encouraged to purchase in advance online at UVATix.com. Advance tickets online are $12 for reserved seats (if available) and $8 for general admission. If purchased at the gate, reserved seats are $15 if available and general admission set at $10.
Season tickets are also on sale with reserved seats at $70 and general admission at $40 for the year.
- Virginia enters the season ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and is one of four ACC teams in the top five along with North Carolina (2), Notre Dame (3) and Duke (4). In all there are five ACC teams in the top 10.
- The Cavaliers were picked to finish third in the league in the ACC preseason poll and received one first-place vote.
- A trio of players share captains duties this season with midfielder Emma Dawson, defender Talia Staude and goalkeeper Cayla White all assuming the captain’s mantle.
- Sophomore Maggie Cagle was named to the preseason All-ACC team in a vote of the league’s coaches.
- Cagle is the returning assist leader for the Hoos after tallying 12 a year ago. The 12 assists – including seven on game-winning goals – was the most by an NCAA DI freshman a year ago.
- The Hoos return a bulk of the defense this season with three-year starters Samar Guidry, Laney Rouse and Talia Staude on the back line along with returning starter Cayla White in goal. Lacey McCormack also returns on the back line after seeing significant minutes last season.
- Virginia opens the year with six of its seven non-conference matches at home – including three straight with the Hoos taking on Nevada, Radford and Michigan to start the year.
- In non-conference action, the Cavaliers will host Iowa and Michigan out of the Big 10 and the Big 12’s West Virginia. The lone road trip of the season is a week two date with George Mason.
- The Cavaliers were named as a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award on Wednesday, marking the 14th consecutive season for the Hoos to earn the award.
A LOOK AT THE WOLF PACK
Nevada enters the 2023 season coming off a 3-12-3 season a year ago. The Wolf Pack return leading offensive producer in forward Emily Rich from last year’s squad. Rich tallied four goals and four assists last season for a team-leading 12 points. In goal, the Wolf Pack have three new keepers as neither keeper with minutes from a year ago returns to the squad in 2023.
THE SERIES WITH NEVADA
The Hoos and Nevada meet for the first time when Virginia welcomes Nevada to Klöckner Stadium for the season-opening match for both teams.