Last year and again this fall, UVA was the only school nationwide to have both the men’s and women’s teams advance to the College Cup, soccer’s version of the Final Four. Returning five of their six leading scorers, the women’s soccer team played strong all season, amassing a 23-2 record. The regular-season losses came at the feet of Florida State, which again stymied the Cavaliers when UVA lost the national title game 1-0, to the Seminoles.
“Throughout the season we got better and once we started the tournament, we were playing our best soccer,” says fourth-year midfielder Morgan Brian.
“We didn’t score in any of the FSU games, so you have to say [Florida State] was the better team,” says head coach Steve Swanson. “Tactically, we changed some things the last game and I thought that helped—we gave them our best shot every time, especially in the final.”
After such a successful year, he’s looking forward to next season and hopes for a return to the title game. “We feel really good about the group coming back,” Swanson says. “We’re excited.”
by the Numbers
When Morgan Brian came to the Cavaliers as the Gatorade National Player of the Year four years ago, UVA fans had high hopes for the talented midfielder. Brian did not disappoint—she finished her collegiate career as the most celebrated player in program history.