The UVa women's soccer team plays its ACC opener Thursday night, as they host conference newcomer Syracuse.
The 'Hoos are undefeated at 6-0, and have moved up in all the polls this week, as they are now ranked #2 in the nation.
Head coach Steve Swanson says, "It's exciting. It's not really for us. That's for the fans, and the people outside our program. Our players are only concerned about they standard they are setting, and trying to get better as a ball club, and just doing the things that maybe we can improve on, as the season goes on."
"It's awesome," says junior midfielder/forward Danielle Colaprico. "We want to move up, we want to be #1, and I think we can do that going through the ACC."
Virginia has two wins against Top 10 teams this season.
"I think it definitely prepared us for the ACC," says Colaprico, "because ACC games are more competitive, and faster speed. I think it's a good idea that we played better teams in our non-conference, to start us off."
Despite the tough early season schedule, the Cavaliers lead the nation in scoring.
Colaprico says, "Steve gave us the goal to score as many goals as possible, so we came out here and tried to do that every game, and we definitely did."
UVA has outscored opponents 25-3 over the first six games, with five different players getting at least three goals.
"We always knew we had the players that could score," says Swanson. "I think that's always been a trademark of our teams, is that we can get contributions from all over the field."
Ten different players have scored a goal for Virginia this year.
The Cavaliers have scored at least three goals in all six games, which is the longest streak in school history.
Morgan Brian leads the Wahoos in scoring, and that's not including the goal she scored for the U.S. National team last week.
The junior says she's looking forward to getting the conference season started.
"One of our goals, our short-term goals, is to defend that title, the ACC Championship," says Brian, "but we have to take it one game at a time, and play the best soccer we can play, and I think everything else will take care of itself."
Swanson adds, "The ACC is the best conference in the country for women's soccer, top to bottom. This is not really a sprint, it's a marathon to get through the ACC. We're just focused on this game against Syracuse right now, and trying to get better as a team. That's the way you have to approach every game in our conference."
The Cavaliers will host the Orange Thursday at 7 PM at Klockner Stadium.