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No. 9 Virginia Plays No. 14 Clemson in ACC Tournament's First Round

ACC Tournament First Round

No. 14 Clemson (12-5-0) vs. No. 9 Virginia (13-3-2)

Spry Stadium * Winston-Salem, N.C. * Nov. 6, 1996 * 3:00 p.m.

    No.     Name            Pos.    Yr. Ht.     Statistics
    00  Megan Boehm         G       So. 5-11    1.05 GAA, 31 saves
    4   Karem Esteva        D       Jr. 5-3     0 goals, 0 assists
    5   Liz Botta           D       Jr. 5-5     1 goal, 1 assist
    11  Carryn Weigand      D       Jr. 5-7     0 goals, 1 assist
    21  Kelly McLaughlin    D       Sr. 5-7     3 goals, 1 assist
    12  Tracey Lache        M       Fr. 5-5     4 goals, 4 assists
    17  Jennifer Rawlings   M       Sr. 5-2     5 goals, 9 assists
    20  Katie Tracy         M       Fr. 5-5     4 goals, 4 assists
    24  Wendy Hartwig       M       Sr. 5-6     0 goals, 2 assists
    6   Angela Hucles       F       So. 5-7     15 goals, 5 assists
    15  Katie Kiladis       F       Sr. 5-9     1 goal, 0 assists

The Cavaliers enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face fifth-seeded Clemson in the first round. The winner of the Virginia-Clemson game will advance to the tournament semifinals, where it will take on the winner of the game between top-seeded North Carolina (19-0-1) and No. 8 Florida State (8-11-0). The other first round games will pit No. 2 seed Duke (14-4-0) against No. 7 Wake Forest (11-7-1) and No. 3 Maryland (11-7-2) against No. 6 North Carolina State (9-11-0). Friday's semifinal games will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with Sunday's championship game set for 3:30 p.m.

Today's game will be the fifth meeting between the Cavaliers and the Tigers, with the all-time series tied at 2-2-0. Virginia won the first two meetings between the schools, 3-2 in Charlottesville in 1994 and 2-1 in Clemson in 1995. The Tigers have come back to win the last two games, 2-1 in Charlottesville last season and 2-0 in Clemson this year. This marks the first time the schools have ever met in the ACC Tournament.

Virginia finished in a tie for third place in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers went 4-3-0 in conference games this season, tying Clemson (Maryland could also finish 4-3-0 with a win over N.C. State in its final game). Virginia has never finished lower than third in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers have finished second four times, but have never won an ACC regular season title.

The sixth-ranked Cavaliers dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 17 Clemson on Oct. 24. Sara Burkett scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers at the 44:41 mark on a double assists from Libby King and Jackie Cooper. Clemson added an insurance goal at the 69:03 mark, when Amy Gray scored off an assist from Sheri Bueter. The Tigers held a 19-9 advantage in shots, including a 13-4 edge in the second half. Megan Boehm made eight saves in goal for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have an overall record of 4-8-1 in nine appearances in the ACC Tournament. In first round games Virginia stands 3-1-1, while it is 1-6-0 in the semifinals and 0-1-0 in the championship game. Last year the Cavaliers posted a 4-1 victory over N.C. State in the first round before falling to North Carolina 5-2 in the semifinals. Prior to last season, Virginia had not won an ACC Tournament game since 1993.

Once again this season, sophomore forward Angela Hucles is the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. Although she struggled to put the ball in the net during the month of October, she scored a huge goal in last week's 2-1 win over Maryland. After receiving a pass from Tracey Lache at the top of the penalty box, Hucles dribbled around Terrapin goalkeeper Rikki-Ann Serrins before scoring from 12 yards out in the left center. For the year, Hucles now has 35 points on 15 goals and five assists. She has now scored at least 15 goals in each of her first two seasons at Virginia, while no previous player had ever scored more than 13 goals.

Senior midfielder Jennifer Rawlings has been a key part in the Cavaliers' success this season. She has recorded nine assists on the year, with five of them coming on game-winning goals. In fact, Rawlings has had an assist on the game winner in each of Virginia's last five victories. For the year Rawlings stands second on the team in scoring with five goals and nine assists for 19 points, including the game-winning goal in UVa's victory at Portland. In addition, the Cavaliers stand 8-1-0 in games where Rawlings has recorded either a goal or an assist (the lone loss came at Duke).

Angela Hucles, the Cavaliers' leading scorer this season, has a good chance 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). 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).

Four players on Virginia's current roster have scored either goals or assists during past ACC Tournament games. Angela Hucles scored a pair of goals in last year's first round win over N.C. State, both coming with assists to Jennifer Rawlings. Rawlings totaled three assists in that game, while Carryn Weigand also tallied an assist against the Wolfpack. Lindsay Ritter has also scored in the ACC Tourney, recording a goal in last year's semifinal loss to North Carolina. Goalkeeper Megan Boehm played both of the Cavaliers' ACC Tournament games last year, making nine saves while allowing six goals. Brit Swenberg has also seen ACC Tourney action, making two saves and allowing one goal against Duke in 1994.

Freshman midfielder Katie Tracy has been among the top offensive threats for the Cavaliers this season. She has totaled four goals and four assists for 12 points, and is tied with Tracey Lache for fourth on the squad in scoring. Her last goal came in the win over Loyola (Md.), when she headed in a Jennifer Rawlings' corner kick for the game winner. On the season, Tracy is one of only four players on the squad to start every game, while she has played the fifth-most minutes (1,277).

Now is her second season as the head coach at Virginia, April Heinrichs has led the Cavaliers to another outstanding year this fall. UVa currently has an overall record of 13-3-2, needing only one more win to tie for the third-most victories in school history. In her two years at Virginia, Heinrichs has led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 25-10-4. Over her eight-year career as a collegiate head coach, she now has a career record of 89-56-12.

Although she has scored only four times this season, every one of freshman midfielder Tracey Lache's goals has won a game for the Cavaliers. Her last goal came against N.C. State, when she knocked in a corner kick by Jennifer Rawlings to open the scoring, 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 Rawlings to give UVa a 3-2 victory over William & Mary in sudden death overtime. Lache's only other goal this season was the game winner in UVa's 5-2 victory at Penn State.

Although she has missed the last three games due to injury, junior forward Jill Maxwell is still one of the top scorers for the Cavaliers. She currently ranks third on the team in scoring with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. Maxwell's biggest game of the year came against Washington, when she put in the Cavaliers first goal and later scored the game winner. For the year Maxwell has played in 15 games and totaled 1,140 minutes, after missing the first year and a half of her career with a knee injury and totaling only 391 minutes her first two years.

Two Virginia players currently rank among the Mid-Atlantic regional leaders various statistical categories. Angela Hucles currently ranks eighth in the region in points with 35, and sixth in goals with 15. Jennifer Rawlings stands in seventh place in the region in assists with nine. In addition, the Cavaliers lead the region in both total attendance (7,080) and average attendance (708).

Sophomore Megan Boehm and junior Jill Maxwell are both probable for the ACC Tournament. Boehm suffered a shoulder injury against Maryland last Wednesday and missed Sunday's game against North Carolina. Maxwell suffered a knee injury in practice prior to the Clemson game, and has not played in the the Cavaliers' last three games.

Here is a look at how all the teams in the ACC Tournament compare entering this weekend's games:

            Record  Goals  Assists  Shots   GAA   Saves
Clemson     12-5-0   39      43      239    1.16     79
Duke        14-4-0   43      39      211    1.44     78
Florida St. 8-11-0   30      23      218    2.25     64
Maryland    11-7-2   47      38      253    1.55     81
UNC         19-0-1   89     100      457    0.30     24
N.C. State  9-11-0   30      22      242    1.75     76
Virginia    13-3-2   40      39      270    1.21     43
Wake Forest 11-7-1   30      25      256    1.19    117

In the 2-1 victory over Florida State on Oct. 18, two Cavaliers scored their first goals of the season. Senior forward Katie Kiladis hit the first goal for UVa, while senior forward Tania Jovanovic put in the game winning-goal. Kiladis' goal is her first since Sept. 14, 1996, when she put in UVa's final goal in a 6-1 victory over Villanova. Jovanovic's goal is her first since her freshman season, as she last scored against Clemson on Oct. 9, 1994. Kiladis now has career totals of nine goals and six assists for 24 points, while Jovanovic has four goals and 17 assists for 25 points.

Clemson enters today's game with an overall record of 12-5-0 and a 4-3-0 mark in the ACC. The Tigers are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 17 Massachusetts, but have not won back-to-back games in their six contests. Sophomore forward Jennifer Crawford leads the team in scoring with 33 points on 16 goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Sara Burkett has 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Junior Meredith McCullen (1.61 GAA, 47 saves) and senior Suzanne Putnam (0.71 GAA, 32 saves) have split time in goal for the Tigers.

Six members of the UVa women's soccer team will see their careers come to an end at the conclusion of the 1997 season. Seniors Wendy Hartwig, Tania Jovanovic, Katie Kiladis, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Rawlings and Brit Swenberg are all closing out their careers this season. During their four years with the Cavaliers, the group has led the team to an overall record of 52-20-9 for a .698 winning percentage. They have also helped the Cavaliers to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of their first three years.

UVa in the ACCs
Overall Record: 4-8-1
Year    Host            Round   Opponent        Score   
1988    N.C. State      Semis   N.C. State      L, 0-2  
1989    Duke            Semis   N.C. State      L, 0-2  
1990    Virginia        Semis   N.C. State      W, 3-1
                        Final   North Carolina  L, 0-2
1991    North Carolina  Semis   N.C. State      L, 1-2
1992    Duke            First   Maryland        W, 2-0
                        Semis   North Carolina  L, 0-3
1993    N.C. State      First   Maryland        W, 3-1
                        Semis   North Carolina  L, 0-3
1994    North Carolina  First   Maryland        T, 1-1*
1995    Maryland        First   Duke            L, 0-1  
1996    Clemson         First   N.C. State      W, 4-1
                        Semis   North Carolina  L, 2-5
* Maryland advanced 3-1 on penalty kicks


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