UVA Soccer Teams Supporting Each Other in Tournament Run
UVa will host UConn Friday at 7PM at Klockner Stadium
The Virginia men's and women's soccer teams will both be playing in the NCAA tournament tomorrow night.
The Cavalier men will host UConn in the quarterfinals, while the UVa women will face UCLA in the national semifinals in Cary, North Carolina.
The players say there is plenty of give-and-take between the two teams, and the bar is always being raised.
Junior midfielder Morgan Brian says, "It's the same game, and we do see a lot of the same things. It's fun to talk to someone, especially at the same school, that play together. It's fun for us, and I think that we do have pretty good friendships off the field."
"We're really good friends with the women's team," says sophomore midfielder Todd Wharton. "We've been talking the whole year, like, 'What if we both make it? What if we both get a chance at the national championship? Or just make it to the College Cup?' I know Darius (Madison) is always talking about how they're making us look bad, because they've had the #1 ranking for the entire year."
Sophomore forward Darius Madison adds, "It's a confidence booster. It's a challenge for us. We can't get shown up. We always try to play our best, and it just edges us on to do better."
Men's coach George Gelnovatch says, "When you have two programs with the success and relationships that the players and the coaches have, that makes it that much nicer."
Women's coach Steve Swanson adds, "I think in the soccer world, in the soccer community, which is relatively small, both teams doing well can only be good for the program, and the university as a whole."
Virginia is the only school left in the nation with two soccer teams still playing.
The women get started Friday at 7:30 PM in North Carolina, while the men will host UConn at seven o'clock.
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