Nov. 5, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The ACC Champion Virginia women's soccer team received a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and will open play at home on Friday as it hosts La Salle. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
"It is always an honor to be in the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Steve Swanson. "We are excited for the tournament to begin. It is a tough tournament and whoever you get matched up against is going to be a strong opponent. We didn't have an easy draw in the ACC Tournament and were able to rise to that challenge. We are happy to be opening the tournament at home and be able to play in front of our great fans that support us every game at Klöckner."
This season marks the 15th time in the past 19 years that the Cavaliers have hosted NCAA Tournament play at Klöckner Stadium. Overall, Virginia has a 19-10-3 record in home NCAA Tournament games.
Virginia is making its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 25th overall appearance. Only North Carolina and Notre Dame have longer active streaks of tournament appearances. Last year Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals, defeating Long Island, Washington State and Virginia Tech at home before falling at Florida State.
The Cavaliers are 16-4-1 this season and received an automatic selection to the tournament after winning the ACC Tournament last week. Virginia is a No. 2 seed in the tournament for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the past five years. La Salle is 17-4-1 and champions of the Atlantic-10 Conference. The Explorers are making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance after making their NCAA debut last season.
Tickets for the game are $9 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth/student/senior citizen general admission. Fans can order tickets for the tournament online at VirginiaSports.com and by phone through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (8821). Tickets are also available at the gate beginning one hour prior to the start of play.
Free public parking will be available in the University Hall lot. The Virginia women's basketball team hosts James Madison at 7 p.m. on Friday, so the John Paul Jones Arena west lot is reserved for women's basketball permit holders.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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