Nov. 23, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The top-seeded Virginia women's soccer team continues play in the NCAA Tournament Sunday as it hosts ACC rival Wake Forest in the round of 16 Sunday. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 5 p.m. and VirginiaSports.com will have live stats (GameTracker) and a free webcast of the contest.
Tickets 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.
Klöckner Stadium will feature a pair of NCAA Tournament games. The Virginia men's soccer team hosts St. John's in a NCAA second round match at 1 p.m. Separate tickets will be required for both the men's and women's games on Sunday.
On Sunday, cash parking will be available for $5 in the University Hall, McCue Center and John Paul Jones Arena lots, and free parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage.
This season marks the 16th time in the past 20 years that the Cavaliers have hosted NCAA Tournament play at Klöckner Stadium. Overall, Virginia has a 23-12-3 record in home NCAA Tournament games. Virginia is making its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 26th overall appearance. Only North Carolina and Notre Dame have longer active streaks of tournament appearances.
The Cavaliers (22-1) are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. They have reached the NCAA round of 16 for the ninth consecutive year, tied for the second-longest streak in the nation. Virginia defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) 5-0 and Georgetown 1-0 to advance to the third round.
Wake Forest (12-6-2) is in the round of 16 for the second time in the past three years. The Demon Deacons topped Morehead State 2-0 last week before upsetting Penn State 1-0 on Friday in the second round in Charlottesville.
Virginia leads the all-time series 14-7-3, including a 5-3-1 record in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers won the regular season meeting this season on Oct. 13 in Winston-Salem, 2-0, on goals by sophomore Brittany Ratcliffe (Williamstown, N.J.) and first-year Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.). The Demon Deacons won the last meeting at Klöckner Stadium, 2-1, in 2011.
The Cavaliers and Demon Deacons have met once before in the NCAA Tournament play. Virginia defeated Wake Forest 2-0 in a 2006 second round game at Spry Stadium. It is one of two victories for the Cavaliers against conference rivals in the NCAA Tournament as they are 2-8-0 against ACC opponents in the tournament. Virginia has been eliminated by a conference opponent the last two years (Florida State in 2011 and Duke in 2012).
The Virginia-Wake Forest winner will play the winner of Michigan-Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals next week.