Oct. 26, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Colorado College and Rice finished the regular season with an 8-2-1 record to share the conference crown. It is the first C-USA women's soccer title for both. The Tigers will hold the top seed in the 2012 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship after a 1-0 victory over Rice head-to-head.
2012 Championship Bracket
UTEP is hosting this year's eight-team tournament in El Paso, Oct. 31-Nov. 4. This year's tournament begins Wednesday with first-round matches at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). Semifinals will be played Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. MDT. The championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 4 at Noon MST and will be aired live on the CBS Sports Network. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed through the C-USA All-Access package. Conference USA's official website, www.ConferenceUSA.com, will provide updates, box scores and recaps from all seven matches. There will also be updates on Conference USA's official Facebook page and Twitter account @ConferenceUSA1.
Colorado College (13-3-4) will face No. 8 seed Houston (7-8-3, 3-4-3 C-USA) to open Wednesday's action at 11 a.m. This is the first time the two teams have met in the C-USA Championship. Wednesday's 1:30 p.m. match features No. 4 seed East Carolina (10-6-3, 6-2-3 C-USA) and No. 5 seed Tulsa (11-5-3, 6-3-2 C-USA). The Pirates and Golden Hurricane played to a scoreless tie when they met during the regular-season on Oct. 14.
Rice (11-6-3) will meet No. 7 seed SMU (8-7-4, 4-3-4 C-USA) in 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal. The pair met Sept. 23 in the opening weekend of conference play, with the Owls earning a 3-2 victory against the visiting Mustangs.
The most intriguing match of the day may be the nightcap as No. 3 seed UCF (14-4-1, 8-3-0 C-USA) squares off with No. 6 seed Memphis (10-7-1, 6-4-1 C-USA). Memphis is the five-time defending tournament champion, while the Knights have advanced to three tournament finals and been a NCAA at-large representative the last five years in a row. The Tigers won the regular-season match-up with a 2-1 overtime decision. UCF was ranked sixth nationally at the time and is still ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA national poll.
A complete schedule of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship follows.
2012 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 31
Match 1 - (1) Colorado College vs. (8) Houston - 11 a.m.
Match 2 - (4) East Carolina vs. (5) Tulsa - 1:30 p.m.
Match 3 - (2) Rice vs. (7) SMU - 4:30 p.m.
Match 4 - (3) UCF vs. (6) Memphis - 7 p.m.
Friday, November 2 (Semifinals)
Match 5 - Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner - 4:30 p.m.
Match 6 - Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner - 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 (Finals)
Match 7 - Semifinal Winners - Noon (CBS Sports Network)
All times are Mountain.
All Matches played at University Field (El Paso, Texas)