Oct. 1, 1997
Women's Soccer Returns Home to Face William & Mary
THE ROAD AHEAD: The Cavalier return home on Wednesday, Oct. 1, to play host to William & Mary in a 5:00 p.m. contest. The game will be the first half of a doubleheader which will also feature the UVa men taking on Liberty. Following the game with the Tribe, the Cavaliers will have five days off. The next contest for Virginia comes on Oct. 7, when they travel to James Madison for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.
THE SERIES WITH WILLIAM & MARY: This will be the 14th meeting between the Cavaliers and the Tribe, with the all-time series deadlocked at 6-6-1. Virginia has won the last two games between the schools and five out of the last seven. In games played in Charlottesville, the series stands deadlocked at 4-4-0, with the record being 1-1-0 in contests played at Kloeckner Stadium. The Cavaliers have played the Tribe at least once in each of the last 12 seasons, while playing more games against William & Mary than any other school outside the ACC except for George Mason.
CAVALIERS BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK: After suffering a 3-2 loss at ninth-ranked Duke last Friday, Virginia came back to post a come-from-behind 3-2 victory at No. 12 Wake Forest on Sunday. Angela Hucles scored the Cavaliers' first two goals, tying up the score each time, while Tracey Lache hit the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining. With the victory, Virginia now stands 8-1-1 on the season. The Cavaliers also have a 3-1-1 record against ranked teams, with all five of those games being played away from home.
HUCLES CONTINUES TO SCORE GOALS IN BUNCHES: Sophomore forward Angela Hucles is once again the top offensive threat for the Cavaliers this season, leading the team and ranking second in the nation in scoring with 31 points on 13 goals and five assists. She has been particularly impressive over the last five games, totaling 10 goals and three assists in that span. With her recent offensive explosion, Hucles is in position to break the school single season records for both points on goals. She stands only five points away from Andrea Rubio's single season record of 36, set in 1990, while needing only four more goals to match her own record of 17, set last season.
THE LAST MEETING WITH THE TRIBE -- VIRGINIA 2, WILLIAM & MARY 1: Angela Hucles scored twice to lead No. 12 Virginia to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at William & Mary on Oct. 26, 1996. The Tribe had taken a 1-0 lead early in the first half on a goal by Lindsay Nohl. Hucles tied up the game just before halftime, hitting on a low shot from 10 yards away with assists to Jennifer Rawlings and Kerry Clancy. With only 4:15 remaining in regulation Hucles struck again, breaking free behind the William & Mary defense and dribbling past goalkeeper Karen Wake for the score.
SCOUTING THE TRIBE: William & Mary enters this week's game with an overall record of 7-3-0 and a 3-1-0 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 2-0 loss at George Mason on Saturday, and stands only 1-3-0 in games played away from home this season. Sophomore midfielder Missy Wycinsky leads the team in scoring with 26 points on eight goals and 10 assists, while senior midfielder Ann Cook has 24 points on eight goals and eight assists and sophomore forward Lindsay Nohl has 15 points on five goals and five assists. Freshman Courtney Owen has started eight games in goal for the Tribe and has a 1.10 goals against average with 16 saves and three shared shutouts.
CAVALIERS IN THE RANKINGS: Once again this season, Virginia is among the top ranked teams in the nation. Heading into the game with William & Mary, UVa stands fifth in the Soccer America poll, while being ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA, No. 5 by Soccer News and No. 5 by Soccer Buzz. On the year, the Cavaliers have been ranked lower than ninth only once (coming in 11th in the NSCAA preseason poll).
UVa record breakdown:
When scoring first 1-0-0
When leading at halftime 1-0-0
When trailing at halftime 0-0-0
When tied at halftime 0-0-0
When game goes into overtime 0-0-0
When attempting more shots than opponent 1-0-0
When attempting fewer shots than opponent 0-0-0
When committing more fouls than opponent 0-0-0
When committing fewer fouls than opponent 1-0-0
When wearing white jerseys 1-0-0
When wearing orange jerseys 0-0-0
When wearing blue jerseys 0-0-0
vs. Colonial Athletic Association 1-0-0