Nov. 5, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA tournament champion UCF (17-4-1) and at-large selection Colorado College (14-3-5) earned berths to the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Both schools will face first-round opponents they defeated during the regular season.
Complete 2012 NCAA Championship Release
UCF, ranked No. 20 nationally in the most recent NSCAA poll, is making its 17th NCAA Championship appearance and sixth in a row. Last season, the Knights advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and the 1982 squad earned a trip to the national championship match. UCF will host Miami (Fla.) (9-7-3) in the first round on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando. If the Knights advance, they will meet the winner of a first-round match between No. 2 seed Florida (17-4-1) and Florida Gulf Coast (14-3-3). UCF has advanced to the second round in its last five NCAA Championships.
Colorado College earned its first share of the Conference USA regular-season title this season after joining the league as an affiliate member in 2006 - the last time the Tigers appeared in the NCAA Tournament. This season, CC advanced to the 2012 C-USA Championship semifinals before being eliminated on penalty kicks. The Tigers are riding an eight-match unbeaten streak into their first-round match with Denver (15-2-4). The two teams met in their season openers Aug. 17, with Colorado College winning 1-0 in Denver. The Pioneers will again host this NCAA match-up, but date and time will be announced at a later time.
Conference USA has sent at least two teams to the NCAA Championship 10 times in the last 12 seasons.
The 31st annual NCAA Division I Women's College Cup will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in San Diego, Calif., with the University of San Diego serving as host at its Torero Stadium.