Oct. 7, 1997
UVa Women's Soccer to face James Madison and N.C. State
THE ROAD AHEAD: The Cavaliers (9-1-1 overall, 1-1-0 ACC) hit the road this Tuesday, Oct. 7, when they travel to James Madison for a 4:00 p.m. contest. Virginia will then begin a three-game homestand on Friday, Oct. 10, when it plays host to North Carolina State at 7:00 p.m. The homestand also includes games against Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Florida State on Saturday, Oct. 18. After facing six ranked opponents in their first 11 games this season, all four teams UVa will face the next two weeks are currently unranked.
THE SERIES RECORDS: The Cavaliers lead the all-time series with James Madison 10-0-1, with the only tie between the schools coming last year at Kloeckner Stadium (2-2). Virginia stands 3-0-0 in games played in Harrisonburg, with 2-1 wins in both 1991 and 1995 and a 3-1 triumph in 1993. The Cavaliers have a 7-11-1 record all-time against North Carolina State, with a 2-4-0 mark in games played in Charlottesville. The road team has won the last four regular season meetings between the schools, with each of those four contests being a one-goal game. Virginia defeated the Wolfpack twice last year, with a 3-2 win at N.C. State in the regular season and a 4-1 win during the ACC Tournament, played at Clemson.
THE WILLIAM & MARY RECAP: Tracey Lache scored in sudden death overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Cavaliers to a 3-2 victory over No. 16 William & Mary at Kloeckner Stadium. UVa had taken an early 1-0 lead when Kelly McLaughlin headed in a Jennifer Rawlings corner kick at 5:31, but the Tribe tied up the game Carrie Moore's goal at 25:43. Angela Hucles put the Cavaliers in front again at 75:36 with an unassisted goal, but Missy Wycinsky scored for William & Mary with less than eight minutes remaining to force overtime. Lache's goal, assisted by Rawlings, ended the game at 98:19.
HUCLES AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN SCORING: Sophomore forward Angela Hucles is once again the top offensive threat for the Cavaliers this season, leading the team and ranking third in the nation in scoring with 33 points on 14 goals and five assists. She has been particularly impressive over the last six games, totaling 11 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 three points away from Andrea Rubio's single season record of 36, set in 1990, while needing only three more goals to match her own record of 17, set last season. With 31 goals in her career, Hucles is also closing in on Rubio's career record of 36 goals scored.
LACHE COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Although she has scored only three times this season, every one of freshman midfielder Tracey Lache's goals has been huge for the Cavaliers. In the last two games Lache has scored the game winner, with both of them coming in the final minutes. She knocked in a pass from Angela Hucles with less than three minutes to play to give the Cavaliers' a 3-2 win at Wake Forest, then scored off a feed from Jennifer Rawlings to give UVa a 3-2 victory over William & Mary in sudden death overtime. Lache's only other goal this season was also a game winner, coming in the 5-2 victory at Penn State.
CAVALIERS IN THE RANKINGS: Once again this season, Virginia is among the top ranked teams in the nation. Heading into the game with James Madison, 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).
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