UVa Women's Soccer Success Leads to Growing Fan Base
Isabella Conklin is one of the kids you'll see hanging over the fence at Klockner Stadium each week with hopes to get an autograph from one of her idols on the Top-ranked Virginia Women's soccer team.
UVa Soccer senior Molly Menchel said, "You know the fan support we've gotten not only from the student body but the whole town its been absolutely awesome."
As the 20-0 Cavaliers continue their perfect season and gear up for the ACC Semifinals against Maryland, you can bet their fan base will follow them to Cary North Carolina for the game.
"Especially because we're doing so well in the season its bringing out a lot more people," said junior midfielder, Morgan Brian. "I think for them to be able to watch a good brand of soccer like this every week its a pretty good thing."
While they are inspiring young blood and breaking attendance records at Klockner Stadium week-in and week-out, the Cavaliers are well-aware they have a huge target on their back as the only unbeaten team in the nation with a number one ranking by their name.
Senior, Annie Steinlage said, "we do [have that No. 1 ranking] but every team wants to win the game you know? It's tournament time. Every game means the world."
"We step across that field and we play the way we can," said Brian. "All season long the way we've been playing has gotten us wins and I think if we keep doing that there wont be any pressure at the end of the day."
The 'Hoos will press forward with a big 6-1 ACC quarterfinal win over Maryland.
Head coach Steve Swanson said, "this was a good performance and I thought it was an entire team performance too."
Virginia is on track to win an ACC championship and might tack on a future recruit or two from their close knit fans.
Conklin elaborated, "I want to be just like them. This is my dream school."
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In 2014-15, the Cavaliers will play Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest and NC State two times each. Virginia will host Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena.
In 2014-15, the Cavaliers will play Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest and NC State two times each. Virginia will host Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena.Full Story