Women’s soccer: No. 3 Cavaliers face No. 2 Penn State in Sweet 16

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The No. 3 seed Virginia women’s soccer team will face No. 2 seed Penn State in a Sweet 16 matchup at Jeffrey Field on Sunday. Kick is set for 5 p.m. in State College, Pa.


Sunday afternoon’s match will be streamed on ESPN+ and live stats are also available with links to both at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWomenSoccer).


  • Virginia (15-3-3) is coming off a 3-1 victory over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
  • The Cavaliers got a first-half brace from junior midfielder Lia Godfrey to take the early lead on the Musketeers.
  • Freshman Maggie Cagle added the third and final goal for the Cavaliers in the second half.
  • The win pushed Virginia into the Sweet 16 for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons.
  • Virginia and Penn State (15-4-3) are facing each other for the chance to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
  • The winner of Sunday’s contest will face the winner of No. 1 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Northwestern.
  • The Cavaliers are looking to make a ninth appearance in the quarterfinals with a win on Sunday.


  • It’s a tight series between the teams with Penn State holding an 8-7-1 lead in the all-time series.
  • The Nittany Lions took the lead in the series with a 4-2 victory in the last meeting in the 2021 season.
  • Virginia had won five consecutive matches in the series prior to the Penn State win last season in Charlottesville.
  • The teams have met three times in NCAA play with Virginia leading 2-1-0 in those three contests.
  • Sunday will mark the third time the Hoos and Nittany Lions have faced off in NCAA play at Penn State.
  • The only other meeting in the NCAA Tournament was a neutral-site match at Georgetown in 2016.