The NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Committee announced on Monday the field of 48 teams for the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship. Each of the eight regions received six championship berths. For first- and second-round competition, teams will be paired in their respective regions with the No. 4 seed playing the No. 5 seed; and the No. 3 seed facing the No. 6 seed Thursday, November 10 or Friday, November 11. The winner of the No. 4/5 seed game will advance to play the No. 1 seed and the winner of the No. 3/6 seed game will take on the No. 2 seed on Saturday, November 12 or Sunday, November 13.
The two finalists in each region will advance to third- and quarterfinal-round competition to be played Friday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20. The semifinals and championship games will take place December 1 and 3 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri,
The Central Missouri Jennies won their third straight and fourth overall MIAA Tournament Championship last week as they scored a season high seven goals en route to a 7-0 win over Central Oklahoma. With their win, the Jennies received the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA-II Women’s Soccer Tournament.
The Jennies earned the No. 1 seed in the Central Region of the NCAA-II Tournament for the second straight year, making it their seventh straight NCAA-II Tournament appearance and 10th appearance overall. They are also the #3 ranked team Nationally by the NSCAA. The Jennies will play the winner the first round winner on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
There are three St Louis area players. Jr Taylor Thompson (Edwardsville) who was a unanimous All-MIAA first team selection, so. Hailey Womack played in 10 matches including the final 7 this season and fr. Alex Harms (Fox) played in 20 games while scoring four games.
Four Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) teams also made the Midwest Region tournament, each of which have significant St. Louis contingents.
The Truman State Bulldogs earned the number two seed in the Midwest Region and will host #3 McKendree and #6 Davis & Elkins (West Va.) this weekend (November 11-13) at Legends Stadium on the campus of Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. They will face the winner on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Rather then hosting the games at Truman State, the games had to be moved for Missourah reasons 🙂
The NCAA requires a specific amount of hotel accommodations for teams and officials and due to the opening weekend of deer season in Missouri, Kirksville hotels could not provide us the necessary rooms to host the games here.”
The Bulldogs feature 21 St. Louis area players. Junior goalkeeper Katie Mattingly (Perryville St. Vincen) is the Defensive Player of the Year and is joined on the GLVC first team by Caity Schmitt (Nerinx). Seniors Megan Whitehead (IWA) was named to the Second Team and Megan Casserly (Marquette Stangs) earned Third Team recognition. Truman GLVC recognition.
For #3 McKendree, who defeated Truman in PK’s in the GLVC Championship Sunday, will begin its chase for its first NCAA National Championship as they enter the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats will face Davis & Elkins College on Friday at Legends Stadium in Quincy, Illinois at 1:00 p.m. This is the Bearcats first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since transitioning to NCAA Division II in 2012.