The Virginia Women's soccer team also known as the defending ACC Champions just returned from trip across the pond to England.
"We trained for ten days together then we went over and toured England and played three games, saw three professional matches, tremendous atmosphere," said UVa head coach Steve Swanson.
Mary Morgan, one of UVa's Forwards said, "We're all coming back early to train together so just being together. It's fun. It's fun to play with each other and get to know more about each other everyday. So its been awesome."
Now the 'Hoos are back in the states and looking forward to having six new faces on the sidelines including two NSCAA All-Americans and two players with youth national team experience. These six players will join 19 returning players, including eight starters, from last year's squad.
Morgan said, "Building off last year. I think we have that. We had a great spring so we look to build off that and incorporate the new first years that are coming in."
The Cavaliers roster will be missing one of its powerhouses - Caroline Miller. The former Wahoo was the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a First team All-American, and was the 10th overall pick by the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League.
"We've got some very talented players and I think the biggest thing is that we'll compete hard and we'll have a team that will be fun to watch," said Swanson.
The 2012 ACC Champions went 18-5-1, and finished the season ranked 10th nationally, and reaching the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was Virginia's 19th consecutive NCAA appearance and its 25th overall NCAA appearance. The team says they're eyes are set on bringing home a national title.
Swanson said, "You know we're trying to break down and get into that last four and win a national championship. I think we've been awfully close. So those are our goals and I don't think they'll change at all." Morgan added, "Obviously we want to repeat as ACC Champs and win the big one. Win the NCAA Championship."
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