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Both Virginia Soccer Teams Advance

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Both Virginia Soccer Teams Advance

The top-seeded Virginia women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with 2-0 victory over Wake Forest on a frigid Sunday night at Klöckner Stadium. Sophomore Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and junior Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) both scored in the opening minutes of the second half to give the Cavaliers their second elite eight appearance in three seasons.

The Cavaliers (23-1) will host a NCAA quarterfinal for the first time since 1992 when it plays Michigan on Friday. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

The Virginia men’s soccer team opened its 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 second-round victory over St. John’s Sunday afternoon in frigid, blustery conditions at Klöckner Stadium. Seeded eighth in the tournament, the Cavaliers (11-5-5) advance to the round of 16 to ninth-seeded Marquette, which downed Akron 1-0 in overtime Sunday evening in Milwaukee.

“This time of year, winning is the most important thing,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “I would say today was a professional performance. That first goal and how we managed the game and played together were all great. It was very methodical and professional. They had a bad taste in their mouths (after the ACC championship game). I didn’t have to say anything all week. From the start, they wanted to get another game and it showed today.”