Oct. 31, 1997

UVa Women's Soccer Hosts Top-Ranked North Carolina

Megan Boehm
Cavs Goalkeeper Megan Boehm

THE SERIES WITH NORTH CAROLINA: The series with the Tar Heels has been completely one-sided, as North Carolina is 19-0-0 all-time against the Cavaliers. North Carolina has outscored Virginia 72-4 in those 19 games, but two of the Cavaliers four goals came in the last meeting (a 5-2 win by the Tar Heels in the 1996 ACC Tournament). North Carolina has won all six times it has played UVa in Charlottesville, including a 2-0-0 record at Kloeckner Stadium (with a 2-1 win in 1993 and a 3-0 victory in 1995).

THE RECORD BREAKERS: Sophomore forward Angela Hucles, the Cavaliers' leading scorer this season, has a good chanced to break the school single season records for both goals and points. She currently has 15 goals and 35 points this year, placing her second on the UVa single season lists in both categories. Hucles stands only one point behind Andrea Rubio's single season record of 36 points (set in 1990), while needing two more goals to match her own school record of 17, set last season. In less than two full seasons, Hucles already ranks fifth on the UVa career list for goals scored (32) and seventh in points (69). Senior midfielder Jennifer Rawlings is also closing in on some Cavalier records. She has nine assists on the season, needing only two more to match the single season record of 11 set by both Tania Jovanovic and Dina Padula in 1995. Rawlings also has 23 career assists, ranking second all-time at UVa behind only Rubio (30 assists / 1989-92).

THE MARYLAND RECAP: Tammy Westinghouse scored with 17:45 remaining to break a 1-1 tie and give the ninth-ranked Cavaliers a 2-1 victory over No. 16 Maryland at Kloeckner Stadium. Following a free kick by Tania Jovanovic, Jennifer Rawlings played the ball from midfield to Westinghouse, who dribbled into the box and scored from 14 yards out. The Cavaliers had opened the scoring at the 10:29 mark when Angela Hucles put in a pass from Tracey Lache for her 15th goal of the season. The Terrapins then tied up the game at 67:36 when Abby Bausman knocked in a pass from Jackie Mynarski. Virginia dominated the game in the offensive end, taking 15 shots to Maryland's five.

SIX CAVALIERS TO PLAY IN FINAL HOME GAME TODAY: Six members of the UVa women's soccer team will be playing in their final regular season game at Kloeckner Stadium this afternoon. The six Cavalier seniors are Wendy Hartwig, Tania Jovanovic, Katie Kiladis, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Rawlings and Brit Swenberg. During their four years at Virginia, the group has led the team to an overall record of 52-19-9 for a .707 winning percentage. They have also helped the Cavaliers to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of their first three years.

THE LAST MEETING WITH THE TAR HEELS -- NORTH CAROLINA 5, VIRGINIA 2: No. 2 ranked North Carolina scored five unanswered goals to overcome an early deficit and down No. 11 Virginia 5-2 in the semifinals of the 1996 ACC Tournament. Jennifer Keefe gave the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead at the 16:30 mark, when she hit from eight yards out in the center. Laurie Schwoy tied the game at the 20:18 mark, then Robin Confer put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with a goal at 22:55. In the second half, Confer, Cindy Parlow and Debbie Keller all scored to give North Carolina a 5-1 lead. Lindsay Ritter added the first goal of her collegiate career at the 85:01 mark, hitting from 20 yards at the top right side of the box to make the final score 5-2.

SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS: North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in the nation and enters today's game with an overall record of 18-0-1 and a 6-0-0 mark in the ACC. The Tar Heels are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory at Duke on Tuesday night, and have won 12 straight games since tying Notre Dame 2-2 on Sept. 19. Senior forward Robin Confer leads the team in scoring with 45 points on 13 goals and 19 assists, while sophomore midfielder Laurie Schwoy has 35 points on 13 goals and nine assists. Senior Gretchen Overgaard (0.41 GAA, 12 saves) and junior Siri Mullinix (0.23 GAA, 10 saves) have split time in goal.