St. Louis, Mo., November 18, 2013 — For the second time in school history, Washington University in St. Louis has been selected to host the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Sectional on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at Francis Field in St. Louis.
No. 1 Washington University and No. 18 University of Puget Sound square off in the opening game Saturday at 11 a.m., while No. 14 Thomas More College and Capital University will meet in game two at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the Sectional Championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for a berth in the NCAA Division III Semifinals Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
Washington U. (19-1) advanced to Sectional Play for the 10th time in school history after a 3-1 win over No. 19 Calvin College in the second round Saturday. The Bears have won 13-straight games, the second-longest winning streak in school history. Washington U. is making its seventh-consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bears have a 23-11-5 overall record in NCAA Tournament play with a pair of Final Four appearances in 1997 and 2009.
Puget Sound (17-2-2) defeated No. 12 Hardin-Simmons University, 1-0, in double overtime Sunday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to extend its winning streak to 15. The Loggers, who upended host California Lutheran University, 1-0, in double OT Saturday in the first round, advance to the Sectional Semifinals for the first time since 2007. Puget Sound is 16-10-5 in 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament with a Final Four appearance in 2004.
Thomas More (19-1-2) blanked No. 24 Hanover College, 1-0, Sunday to advance to the NCAA Sectional for the first time in school history. The Saints are making their third-consecutive trip and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, and have an all-time NCAA record of 3-3. Thomas More has won 14-straight games, suffering its only loss of the season at home to Capital, 2-1, in double OT Sept. 11.
Capital (18-4-1) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history with a pair of 1-0 victories last weekend over the University of Chicago and No. 16 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Crusaders are riding an eight-game winning streak, and have a 3-3-1 record in five NCAA appearances.
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.
NOTE: The four teams have a combined 73-8-6 (.874) record with three all-time Final Four appearances … The four teams have also combined to win 50-straight games.