Women's Soccer Headed to NCAA Tournament
St. Louis, Mo., November 8, 2010 – The Washington University is St. Louis women’s soccer team received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament, as announced Monday by the NCAA Division III Selection Committee. First and second round action will be held at Otterbein University, on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, in Westerville, Ohio.
The Bears are making their fifth-straight and 10th overall NCAA appearance. Washington U. has posted a 14-8-5 overall record in NCAA Tournament play, with Final Four appearances in 1997 and 2009. The Bears recorded their highest finish in school history a year ago, falling to top-ranked and defending national Champion Messiah College, 1-0, in the national championship on Dec. 5, in San Antonio, Texas.
Washington University (10-7-2) takes on Allegheny College in first round action on Friday at 1:30 p.m., while host and No. 3 ranked Otterbein and Calvin College will also take the field on Friday at 11 a.m. The winners will meet on Saturday at 1 p.m., for a berth in the Sectional semifinals.
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Allegheny (14-4-2) received an at-large bid after falling to No. 22 ranked Denison University, 1-0, in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship game on Nov. 6. The Gators are making their third NCAA appearance in school history (1988, 2003, 2010).
Otterbein (18-0-1) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Ohio Northern University. The Cards are ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region, and have won 14-straight contests. Otterbein is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance after falling to No. 1 ranked Messiah College in the round of 16 a year ago.
Calvin (15-2-2) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 win over Alma College in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Tournament championship game. The Knights are making their sixth-straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and eighth overall. Washington U. defeated Calvin, 1-0, on Sept. 3 in St. Louis. The two teams also met in the national quarterfinals a year ago in Rock Island, Ill, with the Bears posting a 2-1 victory.
The Bears are one of a conference-record five teams participating in this year’s NCAA Tournament. University Athletic Association (UAA) champion University of Chicago, Emory University, Brandeis University and the University of Rochester also received a bid to the NCAA Tournament.