CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team once again will play one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2013. The 17-match schedule, released Wednesday by head coach George Gelnovatch, features nine opponents that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including three that reached the quarterfinals.
The 2013 slate also includes the ACC’s three newest members, with matches at Syracuse and Notre Dame and a home contest against Pittsburgh, as well as a non-conference matchup with future ACC member Louisville. In addition to Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville, 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, St. John’s, VCU and Wake Forest also are part of the UVa schedule.
With the league’s new additions this year, the ACC will shift to an 11-game conference schedule as each school will play everyone in the league during a 10-week stretch. ACC teams will have only six non-conference matches in 2013 and get just one full week of play before the league schedule begins.
Virginia posted a 10-7-4 record, including a 3-4-1 mark in the ACC, in 2012. The Cavaliers reached the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling, 3-1, at No. 13-seeded New Mexico. UVa returns a host of experience, with 18 letterwinners and 10 starters returning from its 2012 side. The Cavaliers also are bringing in a recruiting class which has been tabbed as high as No. 2 nationally.
Virginia opens the season at home on Aug. 30 when it plays host to Louisville at Klöckner Stadium as part of a doubleheader with the UVa women’s team. The Cardinals will join the ACC in all sports for the 2014-15 school year. UL reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season before succumbing to Maryland.
UVa entertains St. John’s the following Monday (Sept. 2). The Red Storm also competed in the NCAA tournament last year and hosted a first-round game.
ACC play starts a week earlier this season. The Cavaliers kick off conference play with a pair of road games, Sept. 6 at Clemson and Sept. 13 at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons played in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.
The Cavaliers’ first contest with their new conference foes comes on Sept. 28 with a trip to Syracuse for the teams’ first-ever match. UVa entertains Pitt on Oct. 4 and travels to Notre Dame on Oct. 26. The Orange and Fighting Irish each played in the NCAA round of 16 last year. Notre Dame was the No. 1 seed in the tournament but was bounced by eventual national champion Indiana. The UVa-ND match is the teams’ first since the they squared off in the 2006 NCAA Quarterfinals, which the Cavaliers won, 3-2, to advance to the College Cup.
With three extra conference games this year, all ACC teams will play one midweek league match. UVa’s midweek game comes on Oct. 8 with a trip to Duke.
Virginia has home ACC matches against NC State (Sept. 20), Maryland (Oct. 12), North Carolina (Nov. 1) and Boston College (Nov. 8). The Cavaliers also travel to Virginia Tech on Oct. 18. Maryland played in the College Cup last year, while UNC reached the NCAA quarterfinals and BC played in the first round.
The Cavaliers’ match against Maryland marks the teams’ final regular-season contest before the Terrapins leave for the Big Ten Conference next season.
In addition to the two non-conference matches to open the year, UVa will play George Mason (Sept. 17), Providence (Sept. 24), VCU (Oct. 1) and UNC Greensboro (Oct. 29) – all at Klöckner Stadium. VCU also was in the NCAA field last season.
The ACC tournament starts Nov. 12 with quarterfinal matches, hosted by the top four seeds. The semifinals and finals will be held Nov. 15 and 17 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. NCAA tournament play begins Nov. 21 and culminates with the College Cup on Dec. 13 and 15 at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
UVa also will play a pair of preseason exhibitions. The Cavaliers will play host to Radford on Aug. 20 and travel to Rutgers on Aug. 24. Admission to the Radford exhibition match will be free of charge.
2013 Ticket Information
Virginia soccer season tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 10, and offer the best value. Season ticket holders from last season will receive a renewal application in the mail. All other 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).
The 2013 All-Soccer Reserved Season Pass (reserved seats for all home men’s and women’s games) is $90. The Men’s Soccer Reserved Season Pass is $50 and Women’s Reserved Season Pass is also $50. Reserved season tickets were sold out in 2012 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 26 priority deadline regarding their status. General Admission All-Soccer Season Passes are also available for adults ($40), Youth/Senior ($30) and UVa Faculty/Staff ($30).
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 12 and are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4.
2013 Virginia Men's Soccer Schedule
Aug. 20 RADFORD, 7 p.m. (exh.)
Aug. 24 at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (exh.)
Aug. 30 LOUISVILLE, 8 p.m.
Sept. 2 ST. JOHN’S, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Clemson*, 8 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Wake Forest*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 NC STATE*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 PROVIDENCE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 at SYRACUSE*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 VCU, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 PITTSBURGH*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Duke*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 MARYLAND*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Virginia Tech*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 at Notre Dame*, 2 p.m.
Oct. 29 UNC GREENSBORO, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 NORTH CAROLINA*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 BOSTON COLLEGE*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 ACC Quarterfinals (campus sites)
Nov. 15/17 ACC Semifinals/Finals (Germantown, Md.)
Nov. 21 NCAA First Round (campus sites)
Nov. 24 NCAA Second Round (campus sites)
Dec. 1 NCAA Third Round (campus sites)
Dec. 6, 7 or 8 NCAA Quarterfinals (campus sites)
Dec. 13/15 NCAA College Cup (Philadelphia, Pa.)
All times Eastern; times subject to change