The Bigger Picture: A Championship Season

October 29, 2021 By Molly Minturn, mwm7b@virginia.edu Molly Minturn, mwm7b@virginia.edu

The No. 1-ranked University of Virginia women’s soccer team clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season championship Thursday night after tying rival No. 3 Florida State University, 1-1, in Tallahassee, Florida. The game capped off a thrilling season that featured a clutch win over No. 2 Duke University (see the celebration above) and an upending of Notre Dame from their unbeaten status in ACC play.

“I’m very proud of the team tonight, not only for winning the championship, but even more for digging in and playing so hard at a challenging environment at Florida State,” Cavalier head coach Steve Swanson said after the game. “On a personal note, I would just like to not only congratulate all of our players, but our coaching staff. We have an amazing staff here at Virginia and they have worked so hard to help us win. I feel very fortunate to work alongside all of them.”

This is the team’s first ACC regular-season title since the 2015 season and third overall. The Cavaliers received a bye in first round of the ACC Tournament and will play in the semifinals Nov. 5 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

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