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I was a fan of ACC basketball long before I attended the University, so unlike most alumni, I've never hated any team in the conference. That is, until Maryland turned tail and ran away to the B1G Ten. What a preposterous conference for a Mid Atlantic school. Now, I hate Maryland.

I came to UVa hoping to walk on to the men's soccer team, and I played well enough at tryouts to earn one full scrimmage against the team as they prepared for a game vs Clemson. I trained so hard that next summer, I was determined I was going to make the team 2nd year. Then I saw John Harkes and knew I wasn't going any further with my soccer.

So, I started coaching 2nd year for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albermarle, and some 35 years later, I'm still coaching. Over the years, I've gravitated towards girls. If we believe in an egalitarian society, if we think women ought to be "gutsy," then girls ought to have the same athletic opportunities as the boys.

I love women's sports. Well, except for field hockey. It's a wretched game, the cultural heir to Iowa women's basketball. Thanks to the ACC Network finally adding women's soccer to their lineup, I have the chance to see our women in action.

I'll try to make the ride as interesting as I can. Come on board!

Valentine's Articles:

Florida State is arguably the best women’s soccer program in the ACC this past decade.  They have won the ACC tournament 5 times, the regular season title twice, and were national champions in 2014. During the regular season, though, the Cavaliers have owned the Seminoles, going 10 – 0 - 1 at home and we have an overall series record of 19 – 6 – 6.

Which trend line was going to prevail?

Syracuse came to Klockner on Thursday to take on our 6th ranked women, and they parked the bus. Did it work?



Well, it was just Pitt...

Posted on October 15, 2018, in Soccer(W) by Valentine.

In the five years since Pittsburgh has joined the ACC, the women had met five times with Virginia holding a perfect 5 – 0 record and outscoring the Panthers 28 – 2. After Sunday’s game, the streak is alive and well.