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Oct. 14, 1997

UVa Women's Soccer to Face Loyola (Md.) and Florida State

THE ROAD AHEAD: The Cavaliers (10-1-2 overall, 2-1-0 ACC) continue their homestand with a 5:00 p.m. game against Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Virginia will then finish up the homestand when it plays host to Florida State on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. Following the contest with the Seminoles, the Cavaliers once again hit the road for a pair of games in the state of South Carolina. UVa will play at Clemson on Friday, Oct. 24, and then head to Furman on Saturday, Oct. 25.

THE SERIES RECORDS: Virginia and Loyola (Md.) will be meeting for the first time in this week's game. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series with Florida State 2-0-0, with the only meetings coming in the last two seasons. Virginia won 6-0 at Kloeckner Stadium in 1995, then posted a 3-1 victory in Tallahassee last year.

THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE RECAP: Tracey Lache and Kelly McLaughlin both scored goals as the fifth-ranked Cavaliers posted a 2-0 victory over North Carolina State at Kloeckner Stadium. Lache opened the scoring at the 8:16 mark when she knocked in a corner kick by Jennifer Rawlings. Virginia held the 1-0 lead until late in the second half, when McLaughlin hit from 16 yards out off a feed from Katie Tracy to conclude the scoring. The Cavaliers dominated the game at the offenisve end, holding a 13-2 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Megan Boehm played the entire game in goal, recording the shutout.

THE JAMES MADISON RECAP: Katie Tracy scored on a header at the 74:47 mark as the Cavaliers came from behind to salvage a 1-1 tie at James Madison. The Dukes had taken a 1-0 lead at 66:45 when Tasha Ellis scored unassisted from 12 yards away in the right side of the box. Tracy tied up the game less than 10 minutes later, heading in a free kick by Lindsay Ritter from four yards out at the left post. Virginia outshot James Madison 16-13 in the game, including a 5-1 edge in the overtime periods. Megan Boehm made five saves in goal, while Stacy Bilodeau had eight saves for the Dukes.

LACHE COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Although she has scored only four times this season, every one of freshman midfielder Tracey Lache's goals has been huge for the Cavaliers. In the last four games, Lache has scored the game-winning goal in each of UVa's three victories. She knocked in a corner kick by Jennifer Rawlings to open the scoring against N.C. State, as the Cavaliers went on to a 2-0 win. Lache also 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, and 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 Loyola (Md.), UVa stands sixth in the Soccer America poll, while being ranked No. 5 by the NSCAA, No. 8 by Soccer News and No. 4 by Soccer Buzz. On the year, the Cavaliers have been ranked lower than ninth only once (coming in 11th in the NSCAA preseason poll).

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 11th in the nation in scoring with 33 points on 14 goals and five assists. With her impressive offensive output so far this year, 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.


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