Washington University in St. Louis has been selected to host the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Sectional on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at Francis Field in St. Louis. This marks the fourth time in school history WashU has hosted Sectional play, and the first since 2015.
No. 1 WashU and No. 23 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse square off in the opening game Friday at 5 p.m. (CT), while No. 4 Centre College and No. 15 Wheaton College (Ill.) meet in game two at 7:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the Sectional Championship Saturday at 6 p.m. for a berth in the 2018 NCAA Division III Semifinals, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec 1, at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
All three games will be broadcast live on the WashU Sports Network and live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.
Friday, Nov. 16
5pm – #1 WashU vs. #23 UW-La Crosse
730pm - #15 Wheaton vs. #4 Centre
Saturday, Nov. 17
6pm - Sectional Final
Tickets will be $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, children and seniors, and kids under 2 are free. Gates will open one hour before kickoff.
• Centre has reached the NCAA Tournament nine times, including each of the last eight seasons.
• The Colonels' best finish came in 2015 when they made a Final Four appearance.
• The Colonels recently completed the program's first-ever undefeated, untied regular season (16-0).
• Centre has out-scored all opponents by a 72-4 margin, and has not surrendered a goal since Sept. 16 (15 consecutive matches).
• Head Coach Jay Hoffman reached career win No. 200 earlier this season, and was named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year.
• WashU advanced to Sectional play for the seventh time in the last eight years and 14th time in school history after posting shutouts over Westminster (5-0) and Illinois Wesleyan (3-0). The Bears have won a school-record 19-straight games and allowed just four goals in 19 games this season.
• The Bears are making their 13th-consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. WashU has a 37-14-8 record in NCAA Tournament play, and were the 2016 NCAA Division III National Champions.
• Jim Conlon is the winningest coach in school history with a 188-35-16 (.820) record in 11 seasons. Conlon has led the Bears to three Final Fours (2009, 2015, 2016), eight UAA titles and 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
• Wheaton is making its 21st NCAA appearance in program history. Wheaton is 53-14-5 all-time in the postseason, fourth-most among current Division III institutions in wins.
• Wheaton has made seven NCAA Division III Final Four appearances. The Thunder won National Championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007, in addition to runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2011.
• In Wheaton's 2-1 victory at home against North Central on October 13, head coach Pete Felske earned his 500th career win at the helm of the Thunder program. Felske became just the third Division III women's soccer coach and only the sixth NCAA women's soccer coach (at any Division) to achieve the 500-win milestone. He enters this weekend's sectional with a career record of 506-126-38 in 31 seasons at Wheaton.
WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE NOTES
• Head coach Jason Murphy has a 69-24-13 record in five seasons at Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a 110-57-16 mark in nine seasons as a collegiate coach.
• The Eagles have scored a single-season record 72 goals, and are currently on a 19-game unbeaten streak (17-0-2).
• UWL's 18 victories are second in single-season school history.
• The Eagles are tied for fourth in NCAA Division III In assists (62), sixth in total points (206) and ninth in assists per game (2.70).