Memphis and UCF Advance to NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
Nov. 7, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Five-time Conference USA tournament champion Memphis (21-0-1) and at-large selection UCF both earned berths to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the fifth year in a row. Both schools will host when the NCAA Championship begins this weekend with first-round matches on Friday and Saturday.
Memphis is currently ranked No. 6 in the most recent NSCAA national poll and captured its fifth conference title while remaining unbeaten the season. The Tigers are a regional No. 4 seed and will host Ohio Valley Conference champion Tennessee-Martin (14-6-2) in opening-round action on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST. It will mark the ninth meeting between the two schools and will be the first time Memphis has hosted a NCAA match. With a victory, Memphis would play the winner of Dayton (19-3) and Louisville (12-6-3).
UCF (11-4-5) is making its 16th NCAA Championship appearance, which includes a 1982 trip to the national championship match. The Knights will square off with Florida International (13-6-3) in the first round on Friday at 7 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 (16-7) and Florida Gulf Coast (14-4-2). UCF has advanced to the second round of the last four NCAA Championships.
Conference USA has sent at least two teams to the NCAA Championship nine times in the last 11 seasons.
The 30th annual NCAA Division I Women's College Cup will be played Dec. 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga., with Kennesaw State University serving as host.