Three women’s teams have reached the NCAA Tournament this year (D2 bracket coming Monday). The Webster Gorloks, perennial qualifiers, lost Friday in the first round at Wheaton, a top regional program that have provided some fantastic games against WUSTL the last decade. The earliest Wheaton and WUSTL might meet would be at the Final Four this year.
The other local DIII program that regularly features in NCAA action is Washington University in St. Louis, national champions in 2016. Even better is they regularly host, happening once again this weekend as they were selected to host 2019 NCAA Division III First and Second Round Women’s Soccer action Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17, at Francis Olympic Field in St. Louis. More on that below but first a note about our DI representative, the SLU Billikens.
As a result of their A-10 Championship (the second straight) the Billikens received the automatic bid and will travel to South Ben to face Notre Dame on Sunday, the last game this weekend (see full DI game list in the tweet below, from a recommended Women’s college media site). The two teams met in August in South Bend, a game the Fighting Irish won 1-0, on a penalty kick in the 77th minute, in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Read more about the match at SLUBillikens.com. The game will be shown on the ACC+ network which I’ve discovered is now available as part of my DirecTV Sports account. That’s channel 612
WUSTL HOSTS NCAA 1st & 2nd ROUND
No. 3 WashU and Maryville College (Tenn.) square off in a first round game Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Adrian College in the second contest at 1:30 p.m. The winners of Saturday’s games will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. for a berth into the Sectional Semifinals. If your daughter aspires to college soccer, this is a must game for her (and you) to see the quality of play live. Only one local player has made the roster recently, Mariana Alisio (Ladue) who graduated in 2018 and now plays in Argentina, her families original home. Freshman Jillian Mann (Ladue) played in five games earlier this year and Hailee Fritsche (Viz) will join the team in the Fall. It’s a tough gig in DIII.
All three games will be broadcast live on the WashU Sports Network and live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.
SATURDAY, NOV. 16
#3 WashU vs. Maryville (Tenn.) – Bears win 3-0
Adrian vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point – 1:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
#3 WashU v Adrian/WSP winner
NCAA Second Round – 1 p.m.
Tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 & up), military, students and children (3-17), and kids under 2 are free. Gates will open one hour before kickoff.
For those who missed it earlier in the week, here’s the chronological match list for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
All times listed are EST. pic.twitter.com/OVgIlGWk3Q
— Chris Henderson (@chris_awk) November 15, 2019