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Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress

A high-profile neutral site matchup with an old ACC rival is one of the highlights of the 2019 Virginia men’s soccer team’s schedule, which was unveiled on Tuesday.

For the second straight season, UVa will face Maryland at Audi Field in Washington, home of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. The Cavaliers and defending national champion Terrapins will square off in the nation’s capital on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) at 7 p.m. The teams played to a scoreless draw in last season’s inaugural matchup at Audi Field.

The Cavaliers’ 2019 slate includes 16 regular season games. Virginia will play 11 home games, four road games and the neutral site game against Maryland. The Wahoos will face 10 opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament last season (Pacific, Maryland, High Point, Duke, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Louisville, James Madison, Virginia Tech and North Carolina).

After three home exhibition games against Siena (Aug. 17), Villanova (Aug. 20) and Drexel (Aug. 24), Virginia will begin the regular season with a home matchup against Pacific on Aug. 30 at Klöckner Stadium.

The Wahoos’ ACC schedule includes home matches with N.C. State (Sept. 20), Louisville (Oct. 4), Pittsburgh (Oct. 18) and North Carolina (Nov. 1) and road tilts with Duke (Sept. 13), Notre Dame (Sept. 27), Boston College (Oct. 11) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 25).

Virginia will be traveling to Notre Dame for the third straight season. The Cavaliers and Fighting Irish have squared off twice in each of the past two seasons, including last season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, which Notre Dame won 1-0 in overtime in South Bend.

In nonconference play, Virginia will host High Point (Sept. 7), Radford (Sept. 17), Western Michigan (Sept. 23), George Washington (Oct. 1), James Madison (Oct. 15) and Saint Louis (Oct. 22) at Klöckner Stadium.

The Oct. 22 matchup against the Billikens will pit two of the most storied programs in men’s college soccer against each other for the first time since 2004. Saint Louis has won an NCAA-best 10 national championships, while Virginia has won seven NCAA titles, which trails only Saint Louis and Indiana (eight) on the all-time list.

Two of Virginia’s games will air on the ACC Network, which launches on Aug. 22. The Cavaliers’ matchups with Western Michigan and JMU will air on the new network, while Virginia’s ACC clash with Duke will be televised on ESPNU.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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