Virginia men's soccer head coach George Gelnovatch announced the program's 2014 schedule Monday. The 16-game regular-season schedule features nine home matches, including a Sunday, Sept. 21 match with reigning national champion Notre Dame.
"As in recent years, we have put together a very difficult schedule," Gelnovatch said. "We think that this schedule, like last year, will help us to improve and prepare for play in November and December. One of the changes this year is we will play three quality preseason games and one less regular-season game. This will give me a chance to try a few more things with the team prior to the start of the season."
The Cavaliers will open the regular-season schedule on Friday, Aug. 29, at Klöckner Stadium against Old Dominion. The game is the Cavaliers' first of seven matches against 2013 NCAA Tournament sides in the regular season.
UVa opens its road schedule Sept 5 with its first-ever trip to the state of Oklahoma as the Cavaliers travel to Tulsa to compete in a weekend tournament.
Virginia returns home the following week for a stretch of four straight home matches, taking on Virginia Tech (Sept. 12), VCU (Sept. 15), Notre Dame (Sept. 21) and Davidson (Sept. 24). VCU earned an NCAA tournament bid last year. The Fighting Irish claimed their first national title last year, but Notre Dame's lone loss came to Virginia on Oct. 26, a 2-0 setback in South Bend. UVa also bounced the Fighting Irish from the ACC tournament in the semifinals on penalty kicks.
Virginia will play three home exhibition matches prior to the start of the regular season. The Cavaliers will take on Rutgers (Aug. 16), St. John's (Aug. 19) and Georgetown (Aug. 23) during the preseason.
Virginia loses just two starters from its 2013 team which advanced to the NCAA College Cup and reached the ACC championship game. UVa has won six national championships and 15 ACC titles and also has appeared in 33-consecutive NCAA tournaments - the longest current streak in the nation.
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