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"A New Pursuit"

A Publication of the HOOS Place Gang

The Breakthrough is history. The 2018-19 team's United Pursuit brought Virginia Basketball to the ultimate height: the National Championship. The core players of that team are off living their NBA dreams, while players who created magic and became stars during that NCAA Tournament return to lead a new group on...

The Fighting Irish came to Klockner Stadium missing three midfielders and had to face the #1 Cavaliers’ possession offense.  It wasn’t a fair fight, really.


Florida State is soccer royalty in the women’s game.  In the past 19 years, the Seminoles have 10 appearances in the Final Four (or College Cup), at one point appearing five times in a row.  They have been national champions twice, and are the reigning champs.

Oh, and they were on a 9-game winning streak.  Virginia was #1 and one of two undefeated teams in the nation.  Something had to give.

I am pleased to welcome Prince Akeem Joffer to Hoos Place to preview the marquee matchup in the ACC thus far:  Virginia at Florida State.  Prince covers women's sports for Tomahawk Nation, SB Nation's FSU afiliate. 

Welcome, Prince.


Expectation is the harsh mistress of the sports fan.  Set your sites too low, and when your team does better, you can become frustrated, almost wishing your team would lose to prove that you were the most knowledgeable fan in the room.  Set your sites too high and even the smallest defeat can send you crashing.  I suspect I’m in the latter camp because Virginia’s failure to win against the Wolfpack has me questioning what I believed about this team.

Women's Soccer

Miami? Meh....

Posted on October 6, 2019 in The Team by Val Prochaska.


The Miami Hurricanes came out wearing Susan Komen pink.  It would pretty much be their highlight for the game. Virginia scored two minutes in, and it was game over.  Of course, we still had to play another 88 more minutes.


Duke came into town as the ostensible tenth-ranked team in the country, and with the #4 recruiting class to boot.  The Blue Devils played the Cavaliers the same way the decidedly mediocre Liberty Flames did: laying in a 5th defender, bunkering in, and hoping for the counter.  

The match was not an advertisement for the “beautiful game.”

The scheduling gods conspired against my seeing this game, so I am gratified and happy to welcome the first-hand observations of Hoos Place friend, Jim Bond, in my stead.  Take it away, Jim!

The Hoos keep finding ways to win, but the advent of ACC play has made things more difficult. The Cavaliers were clearly focused on revenge after last year’s debacle in the monsoon, but the Hokies are never an easy opponent. The ability to “win ugly” is not a trait that has characterized UVa in recent years.

The 1st ACC game is in the books – UVa salvaged a tie vs Wake Forest – and retained the #1 spot in both the United Soccer Coaches poll and the TopDrawer Soccer power rankings for the second consecutive week.  Looking ahead, where are the major story lines as the Cavaliers try to make a serious run towards the College Cup, soccer’s equivalent of the Final Four?


A week ago, at Penn State, the Lions leveled the score against Virginia, scoring in the 85th minute.  26 seconds later Virginia struck to capture the win.  Last night the Deacons converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute to take the lead.  Virginia equalized in the 89th minute for the tie.

These women don’t give up.