Sept. 9, 1997

UVa Women's Soccer Faces Old Dominion in Home Opener

VIRGINIA PREPARES FOR OLD DOMINION: Virginia will play its first regular season home game of the 1997 season on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when it plays host to Old Dominion at 7:00 p.m. The game will be a good test for the Cavaliers before they head off to Portland, Ore., for the adidas Invitational. Virginia enters the game with an overall record of 1-0-1. In two road games this season, the Cavaliers posted a 5-2 win at No. 17 Penn State, and finished tied 0-0 at No. 18 George Mason in .

THE LAST MEETING WITH THE MONARCHS -- VIRGINIA 3, OLD DOMINION 0: Virginia won last year's meeting with Old Dominion at Norfolk by a 3-0 score. The Cavaliers outshot the Monarchs 21-5 on the evening and were able to take advantage of their scoring chances. Angela Hucles scored the game-winning goal for UVa just over six minutes into the game. Liz Kelley and Dina Padula also scored goals in the win. Wendy Hartwig contributed in the victory by adding two assists. Liza Tatar made four saves and Brit Swenberg had one save, as they combined for the shutout.

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: Old Dominion enters the contest against Virginia with a 1-1-0 record. The Monarchs started the season with a 7-1 loss to William & Mary, before rebounding to down Temple 3-2. Old Dominion and Virginia have only met twice prior to tonight's contest, with both of the previous meetings coming in the last three seasons. This will be the second game between the teams at Kloeckner Stadium. In the previous two meetings between the Cavaliers and the Monarchs, Virginia won 4-0 in 1994 and 3-0 in 1996.

CAVALIERS IN THE RANKINGS: Once again this season, Virginia is among the top ranked teams in the nation. Heading into the game with Old Dominion, the Cavaliers are ranked No. 9 in the Soccer America poll, while coming in at No. 8 in the NSCAA poll and No. 9 in the Soccer News poll. Old Dominion enters the game unranked.

BALANCING OUT THE LOAD: Virginia has balanced out its scoring attack so far this season, with five different players scoring goals. The goals have come from junior defender Liz Botta, sophomore forward Angela Hucles, freshman midfielder Tracey Lache, junior forward Jill Maxwell, and freshman midfielder Katie Tracy. Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Ritter has the team's only assist on the year. Brit Swenberg has been outstanding in goal, playing every minute and allowing only two goals while making six saves.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Cavaliers have enjoyed a good deal of success over the past few seasons when playing in their own backyard. Over the past five seasons, UVa owns a 39-14-3 record in games played at Kloeckner Stadium. Last year, the Cavaliers had a 7-2-1 mark from in home games. Virginia has also won its home opener each of the last seven seasons, with a perfect 5-0 mark in home openers at Kloeckner.

LOOKING AHEAD: After the Old Dominion contest, the Cavaliers will head off to Portland, Ore., to play in the adidas Invitational on Sept. 13-14. At the adidas Invitational, Virginia will play Washington in its first game, followed by a face-off with host and third-ranked Portland in the second contest. The Cavaliers will then return home to Charlottesville to play in yet another tournament, as the Coca-Cola Classic comes to Kloeckner Stadium on Sept. 19-20. In the opening day of the tournament, Virginia will take on Kansas at 7:00 p.m. On the second day, the Cavaliers will square off against Princeton at 7:00 p.m.