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Women's Soccer Preview: No. 8 Virginia

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 08/25/2012
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Senior Jen Ludemann and the Seahawks wrap up their season opening road swing with a 2 p.m. contest at No. 8 Virginia Sunday
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Senior Jen Ludemann and the Seahawks wrap up their season opening road swing with a 2 p.m. contest at No. 8 Virginia Sunday
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW Soccer Team wraps up its season-opening road swing Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest at No. 8 Virginia.

Staying Connected
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Seahawk Notes
UNCW puts the finishing touches on its season-opening road swing Sunday with its contest against No. 8 Virginia ... The Seahawks are 0-1-1 on the season after opening the 2012 campaign at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational last weekend in Blacksburg, Va. ... UNCW suffered a 1-0 double-overtime loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech in its season opener on Aug. 17 before posting a 0-0 draw versus No. 3 Wake Forest on Aug. 19 ... The tie against the Demon Deacons marked the first time in program history that the Seahawks have posted either a win or a tie against a top 10 opponent ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter allowed just one goal in 211.37 of action, finishing the weekend with 16 saves ... Hunter also recorded the eighth shutout of her career with her 10-save effort against Wake Forest ... Five of the program's 17 freshmen made their collegiate debuts last weekend at the Hokie Invitational, with three of those rookies - Lindsey Byrne, Katrina Guillou and Morgan Leyble - starting both contests.­

Scouting Virginia
No. 8 Virginia wraps up its four-game home stand with Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks ... The Cavaliers stand at 2-1 on the young season, having opened the season with a 3-1 loss to  then-No. 8 Penn State on Aug. 17 before posting shutout victories over Radford (5-0) and Liberty (3-0) ... Freshman Makenzy Doniak has gotten off to a fast start in her collegiate career as she leads the squad in scoring with 10 points (4 G, 2 A) after three games ... Doniak has scored in each of the Cavaliers three games this season, including a two-goal outing versus the Flames on Wednesday ... In goal, Virginia has relied upon the tandem of junior Danielle DeLisle and sophomore Churchill O'Connell in the early going ... The duo has combined for five saves and a 1.03 goals against average in 260:25 played ... The Cavaliers will be without the services of Head Coach Steve Swanson and sophomore Morgan Brian, as both are representing the United States at the FIFA U-20 Women's Women's World Cup in Japan ... Brian, the Soccer America Freshman-of-the-Year in 2011, finished second on the team in scoring a season ago with 30 points (11 G, 8 A) in 23 games.

Series Notes
Sunday's contest marks the first meeting between UNCW and Virginia ... The Cavaliers serve as the third straight Atlantic Coast Conference opponent that the Seahawks have faced to open the season and the second that they are facing for the first time in program history (Virginia Tech).

Seahawks Featured On Pair Of NSCAA Polls
UNCW finds itself ranked on the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region Poll of the season, coming in fourth place on the lsiting that features teams from the CAA, Atlantic 10, Ivy and Patriot leagues ... The Seahawks are one of four CAA squads ranked in the  Mid-Atlantic Poll as they are joined by conference foes Hofstra (3rd), Old Dominion (5th) and William and Mary (6th) ... UNCW also received votes on the first national ranking of the regular season, garnering 23 votes to rank 11th among the teams in the also receiving votes category.   

Hunter Honored For Solid Opening Weekend
Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter was recognized by various outlets for her play at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational last weekend ... On Monday, Hunter was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Soccer Co-Player-of-the-Week and was selected CAA Player-of-the-Week by the online publication College Sports Madness ... On Wednesday, Hunter was selected as the keeper for Soccer America Women's Team-of-the-Week ... Hunter allowed just one goal in 211:37 in guiding the Seahawks to a 0-1-1 result against two ranked opponents at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational ... The Ashburn, Va., product made six saves in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to host No. 22 Virginia Tech on Aug. 17 before posting 10 saves in a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest on Aug. 19 to record her eighth career shutout.

Record Watch
Senior Stephanie Rose is currently tied for fifth in program history with 20 goals ... She needs just one more strike to break a tie with former standout Jenny Cauble (2004-07) ... Rose also sits in seventh place on the squad's career scoring chart with 48 points and is just six points away from tying three players - Cauble, Michelle Doherty (1998-2000) and Katy Shearon (1995-98) - for fourth place on the all-time list (54) ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter finds herself in second place in wins (17), third in saves (239), fourth in save percentage (.794) and fifth in goals against average (1.41) ... She needs one more victory to move past Carla Linebarger (1996-99) into sole possession of second place on the school's career victories list.

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
Hofstra and James Madison sit atop the league standings at 1-0 following the opening week of competition ... After all 11 teams took the field during the first three days of the season, only two teams were in action with mid-week contests ... Old Dominion fell to former league rival East Carolina, 1-0, and George Mason scored a 2-1 victory over American in a derby match on Wednesday ... Ten of the league's 11 programs are in action this weekend with Delaware the only squad not taking to the field ... James Madison's Lauren Wilson and Old Dominion's Taylor Wertz, who shared CAA Player-of-the-Week honors with senior Caitlin Hunter on Monday, are tied for the league lead in scoring with three points (1 G, 1 A).

Up Next
UNCW makes its home debut next weekend as it entertains Queen-City foes Charlotte (Aug. 31) and Davidson (Sept. 2) ... Kickoff for the match against the 49ers is set for 7 p.m. while the contest against the Wildcats is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

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