Top-Ranked Cavaliers Open Road Trip Thursday at Boston College

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Emily Sonnett

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Emily Sonnett
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 No. 1 Virginia (7-0, 1-0 ACC) at Boston College (4-3, 1-1 ACC)
 Date & Time  Sept. 19 | 7 p.m.
 Location  Newton, Mass. | Newton Campus Field
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Sept. 18, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The top-ranked Virginia women's soccer team begins its first road trip of the season with a matchup Thursday at Boston College. The contest, the first of three straight games away from home for the Cavaliers, begins at 7 p.m., at the Newton Campus Field.

The Cavaliers (7-0, 1-0 ACC) are the new consensus No. 1 team in the nation this week, climbing to the top spot in all four major polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, Soccer Times and TopDrawerSoccer.com). It is the first time Virginia has been the nation's top-ranked team since October of 1990, when the team opened the season with a 15-0-0 record.

Virginia, who downed Syracuse 3-0 in its ACC opener last week, leads the nation in scoring offense at 4.0 goals per game. In addition, the Cavalier defense has posted five shutouts, including clean sheets in the last four games.

The Eagles (4-3, 1-1 ACC) return home after splitting a pair of road games last week to open ACC play. They won 3-0 at Pittsburgh on Thursday before losing 2-1 at Clemson Sunday. Boston College is 2-2 at home this season.

Boston College leads the all-time series 7-3-2, including a 4-0-0 record at the Newton Campus Field. Not only have the Cavaliers never won on their four previous trips to Boston, they have been shutout in all four of those contests. The home team has won the last six regular season games in the series.

A victory over the Eagles would be the 300th career win for Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. He looks to become the 16th Division I women's soccer coach to reach the milestone.

Virginia continues its road trip Sunday with a visit to conference newcomer Pittsburgh. Game time is 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Next week, the Cavaliers visit No. 16 Duke on Sept. 26 before returning home to host No. 23 Maryland on Sept. 29.