UVA releases 2016 soccer schedules
The Virginia men’s soccer team announced its 2016 schedule Friday. Highlighted by 11 regular-season games on the home pitch at Klöckner Stadium, the 16-game schedule again is one of the most challenging in the nation, featuring seven opponents that competed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Led by 21st-year head coach George Gelnovatch, Virginia boasts an outstanding home schedule, including visits from five NCAA qualifiers from 2015 – Coastal Carolina in the season opener (Aug. 26), national runner-up Clemson (Sept. 17), Hofstra (Oct. 4), Radford (Oct. 11) and Notre Dame (Oct. 14). UVA also makes trips to face 2015 NCAA quarterfinalist Wake Forest (Sept. 10) and North Carolina (Oct. 7), which reached the round of 16 last year.
After opening the season against the Chanticleers, UVA remains home a week later to face Xavier (Sept. 2), which was 12-6-1 last year. The Cavaliers play at James Madison on Labor Day (Sept. 5), marking Virginia’s first trip to Harrisonburg since Sept. 25, 1991. UVA opens its eight-match ACC schedule Sept. 10 at Wake Forest.
UVA also has home matches on the docket against VCU (Sept. 14), Cornell (Sept. 27), Virginia Tech (Sept. 30), William & Mary (Oct. 18) and Duke (Oct. 28). The Cavaliers make their first-ever trip to Louisville on Sept. 24 and also visit Pitt on Oct. 21.
Virginia does not play Boston College, NC State or Syracuse in ACC action this year.
The ACC tournament will be contested Nov. 2-12, while the NCAA tournament begins Nov. 17 and culminates Dec. 9 and 11 with the NCAA College Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Virginia has three preseason exhibition matches at Klöckner Stadium: Longwood (Aug. 13), Liberty (Aug. 16) and Georgetown (Aug. 20).
After reaching the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Virginia returns 18 letterwinners this season, including seven starters, while welcoming in a top five-ranked recruiting class. UVA has won seven national championships and 15 ACC titles and appeared in 35-consecutive NCAA tournaments – the longest current streak in the nation.
UVA women’s schedule released
The Virginia women’s soccer team announced its 2016 schedule Friday, which includes 11 home games at Klöckner Stadium and eight contests against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams.
The home schedule is highlighted by an Oct. 2 matchup with North Carolina. ACC and in-state rival Virginia Tech will also visit Klöckner Stadium this fall, along with non-conference opponents Michigan State, Oklahoma and Pepperdine.
The Cavaliers open the season on the road at Liberty, taking on an NCAA Tournament team from 2015 on Aug. 19. Virginia will then return home for a six-game homestand.
The homestand kicks off with George Mason on Aug. 21, and continues with Michigan State on Aug. 25, Old Dominion on Aug. 28, Oklahoma on Sept. 2, Pepperdine on Sept. 4 and Richmond on Sept. 8.
Virginia will then go back on the road for its only other non-conference road contest, facing 2015 NCAA Tournament participant Georgetown on Sept. 11.
The Cavaliers then kick off the 10-game ACC schedule, beginning at home with Virginia Tech on Sept. 16. It will be the first time UVA has faced the Hokies at home since the 2013 regular-season finale.
Virginia then goes on the road to face Miami on Sept. 22 and Florida State on Sept. 25. The Cavaliers return home to host North Carolina on Oct. 2 and Pittsburgh on Oct. 6. UVA travels to Notre Dame on Oct. 9 and Duke on Oct. 15. The home schedule closes with NC State on Oct. 20 and Boston College on Oct. 23 before the Cavaliers visit Louisville on Oct. 27.
This year’s ACC Tournament will feature the top eight teams in the league standings. The quarterfinal rounds will be played on campus at the top four seeds on Oct. 30. The winnings teams advance to compete Nov. 4-6 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 11 and runs through the College Cup, Dec. 2-4 in Cary.
Prior to the season, the Cavaliers play two exhibition games. On Aug. 11, Virginia will play Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cavaliers return home for an exhibition game on Aug. 14 against West Virginia, a team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Virginia returns nine starters from last year’s squad that won the ACC regular-season championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament., including All-ACC selection Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) and a veteran back line that features upperclassmen Meghan Cox (Springfield, Va.), Tina Iordanou (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.) and Megan Reid (Orinda, Calif.). Also returning is senior goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas).
Virginia finished 19-1-3 in 2015.
2016 Ticket Information
Virginia soccer season tickets are on sale and offer the best value. All fans can order season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit VirginiaSports.com/Tickets. In-person purchases can be made at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Reserved season tickets are $45. Reserved season tickets were sold out in 2015 and these ticket holders will have the first opportunity to renew their seats. All new orders will be placed on a waitlist and customers will be contacted after the July 22 priority deadline regarding their status. General Admission season tickets also are available for adults ($20), Youth/Senior ($15) and UVA Faculty/Staff ($15).
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 8 and are $9 for reserved seats if available, $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4.