St. Louis, Mo., November 11, 2013 — The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team will host 2013 NCAA Division III First and Second Round action on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Washington University and St. Norbert College will square off in first-round action Friday at 5 p.m., while No. 25-ranked Calvin College and Aurora College take the field in the second game at 7:30 p.m. The winners of Friday's games will meet Saturday at 5 p.m. for a berth into the Sectional Semifinals.
Washington University (17-1) won its ninth University Athletic Association (UAA) championship to earn the league's automatic bid. The Bears are making their eighth-consecutive and 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Washington U. has a 22-11-5 (.671) overall record in NCAA Tournament play with a pair of Final Four appearances in 1997 and 2009.
St. Norbert (14-4-2) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history after defeating Monmouth College, 2-0, Saturday in the championship game of the Midwest Conference Tournament. Junior forward Katie Vanden Avond is the NCAA's current active all-divisions goal leader with 90 career goals, including an NCAA-best 36 this season.
Aurora (18-2) claimed the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) tournament championship with a 1-0 win over Edgewood College Saturday to secure its fifth-straight and seventh NACC Tournament crown in eight seasons. The Spartans are looking for their first win in the NCAA Tournament in their 10th trip overall.
Calvin (18-2-2) earned an automatic berth into the 64-team championship after winning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament Championship with a 2-0 victory at home over Hope College Saturday. Calvin will be making its 10th trip to the NCAA III Tournament including its eighth in the last nine years. The Knights have an overall record of 8-5-5 in NCAA Tournament play, and defeated Aurora 1-0 a year ago in the first round.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Washington University undergraduate students with an ID will be admitted free courtesy of Student Union. The box office will open each day one hour prior to kickoff.
All three games will be broadcast live on the Bear Sports Network (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wustl.portal#) along with live stats on the Washington University Athletics website.