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Virginia Begins NCAA Tournament Play Friday With Monmouth

Nov. 10, 2016

No. 15 Virginia (13-4-2) vs. Monmouth (14-2-2)
Date & Time Nov. 11 • 7 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 15 Virginia (13-4-2) women's soccer team begins its quest for the College Cup on Friday (Nov. 11) night, hosting Monmouth (14-4-2) at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tickets for the game are $9 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth/UVA students/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.

Fans can follow the action live through live stats and a live video stream linked at VirginiaSports.com.

Free public parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage. Paid parking will be available in the University Hall and cage lots for $5. The Virginia women's basketball team hosts Middle Tennessee State at 7 p.m. on Friday, so the John Paul Jones Arena garage and surface parking lots are reserved for women's basketball.

The winner of Friday night's contest will advance to face the winner of the match between Bucknell and Penn State next weekend at a site to be determined.

Virginia is making its 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and its 29th overall. Only North Carolina and Notre Dame have longer active streaks of tournament appearances. Last year, Virginia advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and played Rutgers to a draw. The Knights won the penalty kick shootout, ending the Cavaliers' season.

This season, Virginia holds a 13-4-2 record entering the NCAA Tournament and is undefeated at home, posting a 10-0-1 mark at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers' four losses all came on the road, with three of them to teams who have been ranked in the top five at some point in the 2016 season.

The Cavaliers boast five All-ACC players on this year's squad, including senior Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) who was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year. The Cavaliers have been stout defensively with senior goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) and a back line that posted 10 shutout victories and allowed only 15 goals this season.

Shaffer is the top goal scorer on the team with 11 goals and an additional six assists, while junior Veronica Latsko (Venetia, Pa.) has added eight goals and freshman Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa, Calif.) tallied seven goal.

Monmouth claimed the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship this season, posting a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac in the finals to secure the win. The Hawks went 9-0-1 in conference play, led by Madie Gibson with 12 goals and Rachelle Ross with 10 goals. Alexis McTamney was the top ball distributor with 10 assists on the season.

In goal, Amanda Knaub posted nine solo shutouts and allowed only eight goals on the season.

The Hawks are 11-0-1 in their last 12 matches played this season.


 

 

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