The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 35th NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced Monday afternoon by the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee. I’ve got the list of St. Louis players who will be representing on the pitch this weekend at the highest level across the country.
The four No. 1 seeds include Stanford University, the automatic qualifier out of the Pac-12 Conference, and West Virginia University, the automatic qualifier from the Big-12 Conference. The University of Florida, the automatic qualifier out of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and fellow SEC member University of South Carolina, Columbia, also earned No. 1 seeds.
Locally, the SIUE Cougars return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years as the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Champions. The fourth-seeded Cougars upset #1 Murray State in the semifinal and went on to defeat Eastern Kentucky 1-0 Sunday to capture the Conference title. Jr. Goalkeeper Juli Rossi (Lindbergh), jr. Emily Grahl (St. Francis Borgia), Jr. Sydney Moore (O’Fallon Township), Sr. Kassidy Rawdon (Collinsville), Jr. Caroline Hoefert (Alton Marquette), Jr. Lindsey Fencel (Civic Memorial) and So. Courtney Benning (St. Joseph) were starters and Fr. Krista McMahan (Summit) and Ashley Lewman (St. Joseph) also played in the Conference title game. Full Roster
The Ohio Valley Confernce Champion Cougars (10-7-4) will face No. 2 seed and ACC Regular Season Champion Notre Dame (13-3-4) Friday at 6 p.m. C.T. at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium. SIUE is making its second appearance (2014) in the Division I Tournament. The Irish are appearing for the 24th consecutive year.
On the same side of the bracket is Illinois State, the Missouri Valley Conference champion. The Redbirds needed overtime to get past the Maddie Orf led Indiana State Sycamores before taking down Evansville and ending Sr midfielder Colleen Dierkes career with the Purple Aces. So. Riley Ebenroth (St. Dominic) and fr. Abby Basler (Ursuline) were part of the Redbirds lineup.
The Illinois State soccer team will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, November 12 at 6 p.m. CT.
The No. 1-ranked and 2016 Big 12 Conference champion West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned a No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and will face Northern Kentucky in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Mountaineers shook off its first two-goal deficit of the 2016 season and tallied three unanswered goals to win the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championship title tonight with a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 7-seed TCU at Swope Soccer Village. The lineup included Alli Magaletta (St. Joseph) in the midfield, playing in front of Kadeisha Buchanan of the Canadian National team and member of the 2015 World Cup Top XI. Magaletta joined the team this year after being dismissed from the Missouri Tiger’s squad.
Mizzou, despite losing in the first round of the SEC tournament, received an at large bid. The Tigers earned the seventh Tournament berth in program history, the NCAA announced on Monday. Missouri will travel to face Kansas in the first round at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
Starters for Mizzou include fr. Anna Frick (Nerinx Hall) and sr. Melanie Donaldson (IWA) while so. Bethany Coons (Union) has appeared in 14 games this season. Freshman Sarah Luebbert (JeffCity/SLSG ECNL) was named SEC Freshman of the Year, scoring 10 goals for the Tigers. Donaldson was recognized as first team All-SEC.
Mizzou’s opponent Kansas is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2014 and seventh overall in the 22-year history of the program. The Jayhawks (10-5-4) recently concluded their best conference finish in over a decade, finishing as the Big 12 Conference’s runner-up, behind only No. 1-ranked West Virginia with a 5-1-2 league record. At the Big 12 Soccer Championship last week, KU fell to eventual tournament runner-up TCU by a score of 1-0. The Jayhawk’s include GK Lauren Breshears (Ft. Zumwalt South) and Miriam Melugin (Kickapoo).
Arkansas is back in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years as the Razorbacks were selected Monday afternoon to host Memphis in the first round of competition on Friday, Nov. 11 at Razorback Field with kickoff set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.
This will be the first time in school history Arkansas has been selected to host an NCAA Tournament women’s soccer opening-round match. There is one St. Louis player on the roster, Jr. Katie Kienstra (IWA) who has appeared in 16 games this season, including all three SEC Tournament matches, usually as the first or second player off the bench.
Texas Tech soccer earned their fifth-straight berth in the NCAA Soccer Championship, as they will travel to Salt Lake City to take on Utah in the opening round match on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. CDT, the NCAA announced Monday during the unveiling of the 64-team bracket. The roster includes Jr. Haleigh Fancher (Rock Bridge) and So. Carly Wickenheiser (St. Joseph) who has appeared in 19 games this season with 14 starts, including the last nine matches. It looked like she’s slotted into the left back spot this season based upon the game I watched against West Virginia in mid-October.
For the third time in as many seasons and the fifth in six years of postseason eligibility, the Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) women’s soccer team joins the nation’s best in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field. The Eagles will face a familiar foe to open the 2016 NCAA Tournament, traveling 247 miles to Gainesville to face the #15 and top-seeded Florida Gators Friday at 7 p.m.
The Eagles feature two area players with Sr Lauren Knight (O’Fallon IL), who played in 10 games this season including both Conference playoff games, and red-shirt junior (she sat out last year with an ACL tear) Ashley Parks (Lafayette) who has come back strong, starting all 19 matches.
That’s my list. If I missed someone, email me at Ole at SoccerSTL.net with a link and I’ll get this updated and add her to my tracking list for the playoffs. Congratulations ladies!