CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 20 Virginia women’s soccer team (5-0-3, 0-0-1 ACC) returns home for an ACC showdown with No. 2 North Carolina (6-0-3, 1-0-0 ACC) on Thursday night. Kick is set for 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
Due to a concert at John Paul Jones arena at the same time as the women’s soccer game, fans parking will be at the Emmett/Ivy Garage (EIG) with access off Emmett Street or Ivy Road. Shuttles will be provided from the parking garage to the entrance to Klöckner Stadium. The JPJ South and West lots are reserved for concert parking only.
Parking is free, but fans will be required to reserve a space at the EIG by going to https://uva.pmreserve.com with the code UVA23WSG. Reservations can be made in advance or upon arrival.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
The game against North Carolina 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).
Tickets are available for Thursday’s contest 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.
PROMOTIONS ON TAP: ORANGE OUT AND SABRE REWARDS
It’s an Orange Out on Thursday night with the first 500 fans receiving a free orange UVA Women’s Soccer T-Shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear Orange to participate in the promotion. It will also be a Sabre Rewards game and students can scan in for five points in the Sabre Rewards program.
- Virginia remained undefeated and moved to No. 22 in the United Soccer Coaches rankings after opening ACC play with a 1-1 draw on the road at Louisville last weekend.
- Virginia posted four consecutive shutouts and went 444:01 minutes of scoreless soccer to start the year and have five shutouts on the season – tied for 22nd nationally and second in the ACC.
- The UVA defense held opponents to the two goals on only 32 shots through non-conference play and three goals on 39 shots for the season.
- Cayla White is tops in the ACC in goals against average and save percentage this season. She ranks 9th nationally in goals against average and is 14th nationally in save percentage.
- Underclassmen have been critical in the offense for the Hoos this season with 17 of 21 goals to date coming from freshmen or sophomores.
- Sophomores Meredith McDermott (6) and Maggie Cagle (5) and freshman Allie Ross (4) have combined to be the top three goal producers for the Cavaliers this season.
- The trio of forwards are all in the top 10 in the ACC in goals scored this season.
- McDermott is tied for first in the ACC in goals scored and is second in goals per game (0.75).
- McDermott and Cagle are tied for second in the ACC in total points this season with 14 to date.
- As a squad, the Cavaliers are third in the ACC offensively in total goals (21), total assists (20) and total points (62).
- It is the fifth time in Steve Swanson’s tenure that the nation’s top-ranked team has come to Klöckner Stadium and first since No. 1 UCLA visited on September 7, 2017.
THE SERIES WITH NORTH CAROLINA
- Virginia and UNC meet for the 50th time when the teams hit the pitch on Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium.
- The teams last met a year ago in Chapel Hill with the Cavaliers rallying for a 3-2 victory at Dorrance Field.
- Virginia is 5-39-5 all time against the Tar Heels after the road victory last season over North Carolina.
- The Hoos are looking for the first win over North Carolina in Charlottesville as each win in the series has been away from home.