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Monday Motivation: September 22

Soccer, Field Hockey, and the ACC takes it to the SEC.

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Virginia's ranked teams performed admirably over the past seven days, nabbing a couple big wins over tough competition.

The No.15 Men's Soccer team opened the week with a 1-0 win over VCU behind a goal from second year Sam Hayward in the 76th minute. Monday night's win was their third straight, bringing their record to 4-1 for the season.

On Sunday, Virginia hosted the No.5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a contest filled with drama and intrigue in Charlottesville as the now No.7 Hoos had to overcome a penalty call that added insult (a goal) to injury (a red card). With 45 minutes left to play (including overtime), redshirt first year Wesley Suggs took out the Notre Dame player in the box, which got himself sent off and put the ball in the back of the net for the visiting ACC foes.

Despite playing man down, the Hoos didn't give up with fourth year Eric Bird scoring just three minutes after the strike from the Irish. With the tie, Virginia earned a point for the ACC standings. The Hoos host Davidson Wednesday at 7pm, then travel to No.23 Syracuse on Friday for a 7pm tilt.

On the women's side, the No.2 ranked Cavaliers continued rolling with a 5-0 win over Old Dominion and a 3-1 victory in their ACC opener against Miami. The Hoos dominated ODU from the start, but the highlight was certainly the first goal of the game as Megan Reid one-timed a clear by the Monarch goalkeeper that found its way back into the net. Check it out:

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Against Miami, Makenzy Doniak, Kristen McNabb, and Olivia Hazelrigg all scored goals, pushing Virginia's record to an unblemished 9-0. The Hoos outshot the Hurricanes 20-6, and will host Wake Forest on Thursday at 7pm to end their homestand.

Field Hockey, ranked No.10 nationally, had a big week with two back-to-back upsets over ranked teams, including their third overtime victory of the season. Virginia went on the road to upend No.3 Duke in Durham, 2-1. First year Tara Vittese notched a goal and an assist, while Lucy Hyams knocked in the other score.

The Cavaliers returned home to the UHall turf field to host No.7 Albany, and Vittese continued her monster first year campaign with two assists on the day, including the game winner to Caleigh Foust. Vittese leads the team with 23 points so far this season. Virginia puts its six game win streak on the line Friday as No.4 Syracuse comes to town.

Men's Golf, currently ranked No.11, participated in the DICK's Sporting Goods Challenge Cup, helping the ACC to a 16.5-13.5 win over the SEC. The Hoos finished third in the individual portion of the tournament with a 4th place finish by second year Derek Bard.

Just a reminder, Virginia Basketball starts November 14th, and the Hoos are continuing to garner attention from national media. Uncle Malcolm...the new poster boy!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Malcolm Brogdon is featured on another pre-season basketball magazine cover. This time <a href="">@AthlonSports</a>. <a href="">#GoHoos</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; UVa Men&#39;s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) <a href="">September 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This week, Football hosts Kent State at Scott Stadium at 3:30 on Saturday, so come out and support the Hoos as they try and beat last year's win total. Also, happy Monday. I hope yours is better than Sad Turkey's.


Go Hoos!