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UVa Soccer Faces Mirror Image in Marquette

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Klockner Stadium will be buzzing with NCAA tournament action this weekend.  

The top-ranked Cavalier women will host Michigan in the semifinals Friday at 7pm, while the 8-seed Wahoo men take on Marquette Sunday.  

UVa is coming off a 2-0 win at home in the second round against St. John's this past weekend, while the 9-seed Golden Eagles topped Akron 1-0 in overtime.  

Virginia has the advantage on offense.  

The Cavaliers are 21st in the nation in scoring, averaging 1.86 goals per game, while the Eagles average 1.5.

Both teams have posted ten shutouts this season, and are giving up less than a goal per contest.

UVa junior goalie Calle Brown says, "We know we can score, but as we've gotten to the postseason, we've focused a lot on as a team defending.  We focused on getting that clean sheet going in to halftime, and getting that clean sheet obviously for the entire game, because obviously if you don't get scored on, you don't lose.  That's huge in the postseason."

Head coach George Gelnovatch says, "Marquette is a very good passing team.  They're an ACC caliber team.  They like to pass and I think we're the same way.  So I think fans enjoy passing, combination plays, switching at the play of attack, so I think it will make for a good game."

Junior midfielder Eric Bird adds, "You can play as good of soccer as you want, but that might not get you the results at the end of the game.  That's what's funny about soccer, as a sport.  You're out here looking for results, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.  Find a way."  

Virginia will host Marquette Sunday at two o'clock.

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