Women’s Soccer Hosts NCAA First and Second Round at Francis Field
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St. Louis, Mo., November 7, 2011 — The No. 14 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team will make its sixth-consecutive and 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship, as announced Monday by the NCAA Division III Selection Committee.
The Bears will host first and second round action, Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at Francis Field.
Washington U. earned an at-large bid after placing second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 5-2 conference mark. The Bears posted an overall record of 15-4, and ended the season on a three-game winning streak.
The Bears take on Thomas More College in the opening round on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 7:30 p.m.
Thomas More (12-4-1) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship with a 3-0 win over Waynesburg University. The Saints are making their second all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio Wesleyan (12-4-4) received an automatic bid after defeating Allegheny College 1-0 in the championship game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament on Nov. 5. The Battling Bishops enter post-season play riding a six-game winning streak. Ohio Wesleyan is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament boasting an all-time record of 15-6-2. OWU won back-to-back national championships in 2001 and 2002 under current head coach Bob Barnes.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (12-6-3) earned an automatic berth into the 64-team championship after winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament on Nov. 5. Following a 1-1 tie after regulation and two overtime periods, UW-Oshkosh defeated the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the second round of penalty kicks, 4-3. The Titans are making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The winners of Saturday’s games will meet on Sunday at 5 p.m., for a berth into the Sectional Semifinals. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students.