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After a week hiatus for a move (THE WORST), I'm back to bring you a rundown of all the amazing things happening in Virginia sports.

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Another week, another handful of Virginia victories. Plus, Joe Harris doing #swoony things! Let's get started.

The No.3 ranked Men's Soccer team had themselves a solid couple outings with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory against JMU and a 3-0 spanking of Pitt. Third year Darius Madison went off this week, scoring his first three goals of the season. Against JMU, Madison scored the game tying goal in the 89th minute, and went on to knock in the golden goal to give the Hoos the extra time win in the 97th minute.

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Madison scored again against Pitt, along with teammates Todd Wharton and Nicko Corrireau. With the win, the Hoos are now dead even with Notre Dame atop the standings in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia has another big test this week as they head to undefeated and No.20 George Mason. If you're in the Northern Virginia/DC area, come out to the game. Kickoff is at 7pm.

Women's Soccer, ranked No.4 nationally, rebounded from their loss in Tallahassee with a 2-1 win over Notre Dame. Morgan Brian got the Hoos on the board, but it was Brittany Ratcilffe with the game winning goal with a mere 20 seconds remaining in the game. Ratcliffe found the back of the net after a shot from Doniak rebounded off the Irish keeper. The Hoos host Boston College Thursday at 7pm.

Field Hockey kept cruising this week with their fourth win over a top ten team in their last five games. The No.3 Hoos took down No.1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill behind goals from Kelsey LeBlanc and Riley Tata. The victory was only Virginia's second win over a number one ranked team, the last being September 2001 against Maryland (lol).

In "Oh My Gosh, We Have a Better Than Decent Football Team" news, we have a better than decent football team!

The Cavaliers took down new Coastal foe Pittsburgh thanks to a ridiculous second quarter that left the Hoos up 24-3 at halftime. Kevin Parks had himself a day with a career-high 169 yards, including a 48 yard scamper for a touchdown. KP averaged 5.8 yards per carry and helped dismantle a Pitt defense that had held their opponents to just over 100 rushing yards per game. Kevin had 115 in the first half.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Favorite shot of the game: <a href="https://twitter.com/RealKevinParks">@RealKevinParks</a> flips in the endzone after a TD <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gohoos?src=hash">#gohoos</a> <a href="http://t.co/b4IYLeyWHZ">pic.twitter.com/b4IYLeyWHZ</a></p>&mdash; Matt Riley - UVa (@uvasportsphotos) <a href="https://twitter.com/uvasportsphotos/status/518629587589558272">October 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Matt Johns, stepping in again for the recovering Greyson Lambert, had a solid but not flashy outing with 93 yards and a touchdown on 9-16 passing. UVA hit seven different receivers, with Johns' favorite target being Miles Gooch who finished with three receptions for 42 yards. Gooch (Gooooooooch!!!) also went 1-1 passing with a 28 yard completion to Zach Swanson.

Defense dominated once again, surprising absolutely no one. Max Valles returned his first ever interception for a 35 yard score. Valles also contributed with three tackles (including half a sack) and two broken up passes (the team had eight. EIGHT. Ridiculous.).

First year Quin Blanding continued his tour of world field domination, leading the team once again with 15 tackles. Fellow safety Anthony Harris had 13 tackles and a sack for 11 yards. A SACK. IT WAS CRAZY.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>That&#39;s what I&#39;m talking about <a href="https://twitter.com/HOOSDatDude">@HOOSDatDude</a></p>&mdash; Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) <a href="https://twitter.com/JOEL9ONE/status/518584198983335936">October 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The defense held the ACC's leading rusher, James Connor, to just 83 yards...especially impressive when you consider he was averaging 158 yards per game coming in.

With the win, the Hoos now sit atop the ACC Coastal standings, tied with Georgia Tech. No, that wasn't a typo. Yes, we are awesome. Also, Brian has to eat another Arby's Meat Mountain, which makes everything in life seem more amazing.

Shoutout to the crowd on Saturday night, particularly the students. It was loud and an unbelievably fun atmosphere. Also, let's make that "Don't Stop Believin" moment happen every week. That was a good time.

Great news, everybody. Friday marked the official season opening for the basketball season, and it was also an important day for everyone's favorite point guard as London celebrated his 20th birthday. The Hoos also broke out some impressive hardware:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Latest <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACC?src=hash">#ACC</a> hardware now on display at JPJ! <a href="http://t.co/iDmfgSIBaf">http://t.co/iDmfgSIBaf</a></p>&mdash; UVa Men&#39;s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAMensHoops/status/517753891216437248">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Check out the highlights from practice here:

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Is it just me, or does Darion look much bigger/tougher/stronger? Same with Mike. Can't wait til the season kicks off November 14th.

Finally, everyone's favorite, Joe Harris (#swoon), showed Cleveland more of what every Wahoo fan already knows: he's the swooniest. In Cleveland's exhibition game against Tel Aviv, Harris scored 10 points on 4-9 shooting, and was the fifth highest contributor on the team. Joe played a solid 17 minutes, and knocked down a ballin' three. Keep it up, Joe...we're all rooting for you. Oh, and thanks for the 'I am a Wahoo' spot for the games. It's the best.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>joe for 3!! <a href="https://t.co/nbNKoh5wry">https://t.co/nbNKoh5wry</a></p>&mdash; Tw Huang (@hoostw) <a href="https://twitter.com/hoostw/status/518919436531945472">October 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Joe Harris!</p>&mdash; FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) <a href="https://twitter.com/FearTheSword/status/518916162428891136">October 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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As always, GO HOOS!