CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s soccer team (5-3-5, 0-3-3- ACC) hosts Virginia Tech (6-5-3, 3-3-0 ACC) in the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash on Sunday (Oct. 15) in a 1:30 p.m. match at Klöckner Stadium.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech will be broadcast on ACC Network and is available through stream 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 Sunday’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.
- Virginia kicks off a three-game homestand with the match against Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon.
- Sunday’s game is the first iteration of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash for the 2023-24 season.
- UVA’s 10 goals allowed is tied for third in the ACC with No. 1 Florida State for fewest goals allowed this season behind No. 9 Clemson and No. 3 North Carolina who have allowed eight goals.
- Cayla White is second in the ACC in goals against average and tops in save percentage this season.
- White is coming off a career-high 11 saves in the Cavaliers’ draw at No. 9 Clemson last Thursday.
- The Hoos rank among the top half of the league offensively ranking fifth in assists (25), sixth in points (73) and seventh in goals (24)
- Underclassmen have been critical in the offense for the Hoos this season with 20-of-24 goals to date coming from freshmen or sophomores.
- Sophomores Meredith McDermott (6) and Maggie Cagle (6), and freshman Allie Ross (5) have combined to be the top three goal producers for the Cavaliers this season.
- McDermott and Cagle are both in the top 10 in the ACC in goals scored and goals per game, and the pair are tied for seventh in the league. The ACC leader in goals has nine goals to date.
- Cagle (17) is fourth in the ACC in total points entering the weekend matchup against Virginia Tech.
- Talia Staude is climbing the UVA record book as she is fourth all-time in career starts with her 91st coming at NC State last Sunday. She will play in her 100th career game vs. Virginia Tech.
- Staude also ranks fourth all-time at UVA in minutes played as she has logged 8,434 minutes for the Cavaliers entering the Sunday’s contest against Virginia Tech.
THE SERIES WITH VIRGINIA TECH
- Virginia and NC State have met 28 times with the Cavaliers holding a 22-4-2 lead in the all-time series.
- The Cavaliers lead the series 15-1-0 in games played at home and are 11-1-0 all-time in games played at Klöckner.
- The teams played to a 3-3 draw last season in Blacksburg as the Hokies tied things up in the final minute of play.
- The Hoos are 3-1-1 against Virginia Tech in the last five meetings and 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
THE SMITHFIELD COMMONWEALTH CLASH
The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash, originally called the Commonwealth Challenge (2005-2007), has been a part of the UVA-Virginia Tech rivalry since 2014. It is an all-sports, points-based program with the Commonwealth Clash trophy presented to the winning school each year for its dominance in head-to-head competitions. Sunday’s match will be the first contest of the 2023-24 season between Virginia and Virginia Tech.