Weekend previews: Oct. 20-22

‘The Skinny’ on weekend action for women’s soccer, men's golf, men’s soccer and field hockey

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Senior forward Veronica Latsko and the Virginia offense went dormant against No. 2 Duke on Senior Night.

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Women’s soccer

What: No. 12 Virginia vs. Boston College

When: Sunday at 1 p.m.

Where: Boston, Mass. 

The Skinny: In its last ACC match on the road, the Virginia women's soccer team will travel north to challenge Boston College. 

When the two teams faced off last year, Virginia rallied for a 3-2 win, and Virginia currently sits tied for fourth place in the ACC standings for this season.

Virginia has gone to overtime four times in conference play and six times this season. Much of the reason 90 minutes of play hasn't been enough to decide the match is due to the Cavaliers' struggle to finish their opportunities this year. 

When Virginia has been able to pick up wins, it has been because of offensive leaders — senior forward Veronica Latsko, sophomore forward Taylor Ziemer and freshman midfielder Taryn Torres. Latsko has five goals and three assists, Ziemer has four goals and four assists and Torres has five goals this season. 

Freshman goalkeeper Laurel Ivory has held down the defensive front for the Cavaliers, only allowing 10 goals all season.

Boston College (9-6-1, 3-3-1 ACC) has not been quite as solid as the Cavaliers on defense and has conceded 19 goals so far. On offense, however, they have five players with at least four goals each. Leading the way is senior forward Lauren Berman, who has six goals and three assists. 

After the Cavaliers take on Boston College, they will return to Charlottesville to finish out the regular season with a match against No. 4 Duke on Thursday night. 

Compiled by Emma D’Arpino 

Men’s golf

What: Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

Where: Alpharetta, Ga.

When: Friday — Sunday 

The Skinny: The Virginia men’s golf team will play in its final tournament of the fall season this weekend at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. The Cavaliers are looking to defend their title in the tournament, as the team finished tied for first in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate last year with Texas.

The Club of Georgia Collegiate has a highly competitive 15-team field this year. Included in the field is Texas again, as well as three top-eight finishers at last spring’s NCAA Championships — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UNLV.

Virginia’s lineup for the tournament will be freshmen Jimmie Massie and WeiWei Gao, sophomore Ashton Poole, junior Thomas Walsh and senior Danny Walker. Walker will be the player to watch for the Cavaliers, as the senior played a crucial role in last year’s tournament victory with a tied for 12th place finish.

Gao will also be a player to monitor this weekend. This will be Gao’s first career tournament in the lineup for Virginia. The Philippines native was highly recruited out of the Class of 2017, and will likely play a role in the Cavaliers’ success for the next four years.

Virginia is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. Friday.

Compiled by John Gallagher 

Men’s soccer

What: No. 10 Virginia vs. Pittsburgh

When: Friday at 7 p.m. 

Where: Klöckner Stadium

The Skinny: No. 10 Virginia plays its final home game of the 2017 regular season when they take on Pittsburgh.

The Cavaliers (9-2-3, 2-1-3 ACC) need all the points they can rack up in the final two contests of the year, which are both pivotal matchups against ACC opponents. Virginia has failed to find the back of the net in the previous two contests.

Radford grabbed the first goal of Tuesday night’s game in the second half. Down a goal late in the contest, Virginia did not have the same will to win that saw the Cavaliers come back the previous week in the exact same scenario, en route to a 4-2 victory over Lehigh. The result was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Big South opponent Radford.

Pittsburgh (8-6-0, 2-4-0 ACC) comes off a stunning 1-0 victory over then-No. 7 Notre Dame. The Panthers’ second half goal allowed them to move past their third ranked opponent of the season. 

Virginia needs to bounce back after the tough loss to Radford to make up ground heading into postseason play. 

Compiled by Garrett Schaffer

Field hockey 

What: No. 3 Virginia vs. No. 9 Louisville; No. 3 Virginia vs. Miami University of Ohio

When: Saturday at 12 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Louisville, Ky.; Oxford, Ohio 

The Skinny: After it’s tough 5-4 loss against No. 12 Maryland (11-5, 5-2 Big Ten), the No. 3 Virginia field hockey team (12-3, 4-1 ACC) prepares for two more tough games this weekend against the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals (11-4, 4-1 ACC) and Miami University of Ohio (7-7, 4-0 MAC).

The field hockey program has had a rough stretch of games, going 2-2 after a 10-1 start to the

year. It is taking on a Louisville team that is on a seven-game win streak — including four

tough ACC conference wins. While the Cavaliers’ offense is becoming increasingly versatile,

with increased offensive output by several younger players it could face trouble against

Louisville’s stout defense. The Cardinal defense, led by junior back Taylor Stone and senior back Abby Grimes, could slow down the Cavaliers enough to change the tide of the game.

The Cavaliers will then travel Sunday to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami Redhawks. The

Redhawks have had mixed results this season so far and are leading their conference despite

having a less than .500 winning record outside of it. While the Cavaliers are favored to win the

game, the Redhawks strong offensive lineup could prove to be a challenge for Virginia.

The Louisville game will begin at 12 p.m. at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky., and will be

broadcasted on the ACC Network Extra. The Miami game will take place at 2 p.m. at the Miami

Field Hockey Complex in Oxford.

Compiled by Lucas Beasey

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