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#1 UVa Women's Soccer Downplays Ranking & Focuses on NCAA Title

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In front of a record breaking crowd of 2,540 people, the top ranked, undefeated Cavalier women's soccer team blanked the 22nd ranked Terps 1-nil. 

Head coach Steve Swanson, whose 11-0-0 and 5-0-0 in the ACC said, "I've had a bond with the team for years but I think its nice to see others get a bond with the team because I think they're a special group."

The team says being number one has been a nice change of pace, "I've had so many people come up to me and say that's so awesome you're number one," said UVa Defender Morgan Stith. She added, so its really nice to have support for women's soccer for once."

Meanwhile the 'Hoos know maintaining that wont be easy. Stith said, "we have sorta this target on our back so everybody is going to give us their best effort." Swanson added, "They've really gone about it in the right way. They're just focused on the team and what we can do to get better."

With a strong fourth year class, two fifth year seniors and a powerhouse like Morgan Brian, the Virginia women's soccer team knows they are moving in the right direction.

Stith elaborated, "I think this year we really have awesome chemistry on and off the field and so we're really close. We have this motto all in, we're all in mentally, physically, during the game and at practice.

This is a group that knows "all in" doesn't only apply to the ranking by their name, but their end goal of winning a national title.

Sophomore Forward, Brittany Ratcliffe said, "Its a good thing to have but we really don't pay attention to rankings because at the end of the day all that matter is that you win the national championship at the end of the year."


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