San Diego State to Represent MW in 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
Nov. 5, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State will represent the Mountain West in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, as the 64-team bracket was unveiled today. The Aztecs earned the Conference's automatic bid to the tournament after capturing the MW Women's Soccer Championship crown with victories over UNLV and New Mexico this past weekend in San Diego, Calif.
No. 6/9 San Diego State (19-1-1) is making its fourth all-time appearance (1998, 1999, 2009) in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and holds a 2-3 record in NCAA tournament action overall. The No. 2 seed Aztecs will play host to Big West Conference tournament champion Cal State Northridge (11-4-6) in the first round at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego, Calif. Date and time are to be determined.
The winner of the SDSU/CSUN contest will advance to face either No. 22 Pepperdine (14-6) or No. 23/17 California (15-5) in second-round action. The Aztecs defeated then-No. 5 Pepperdine, 1-0, earlier this season in an Aug. 31 meeting in San Diego. Overall, SDSU played five NCAA tournament participants (Arizona State, Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara, Stanford) during the 2012 regular season, posting a 3-1-1 record in those contests.
San Diego State's No. 2 seed in the NCAA bracket is the highest ever for a Mountain West squad, surpassing the No. 4 seeds received by former members BYU and Utah in the 2005 and 2006 NCAA tournaments, respectively.
With San Diego State in the 2012 field, the Mountain West now has 27 appearances all-time in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Overall, the Conference holds a 13-22-5 record in the tournament.
The four No. 1 seeds are BYU, Florida State, Penn State and Stanford. The No. 2 seeds include Florida, North Carolina, San Diego State and Virginia. Capturing the No. 3 seeds are Baylor, Duke, UCLA and Wake Forest. Marquette, Maryland, Ohio State and Portland complete the top 16-seeded teams, each earning a No. 4 seed.
Thirty conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2012 championship. The remaining 34 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. Sites are selected for the first round to create the least number of flights.
The first round of the Division I Women's Soccer Championship will be held at 32 campus sites between Friday, November 9 and Sunday, November 11, depending on location. Each site will host two teams competing to advance to the second round.
The second and third rounds will be held at eight campus sites. Each site will host a total of four teams competing in the second round, with winners advancing to compete in the third round at the same site. Second-round matches will take place on Friday, November 16, with third-round matches to follow on Sunday, November 18.
The quarterfinals will be held at four campus sites across the country between Friday, November 23 and Sunday, November 25, depending on location. Each site will host two teams competing to advance to the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup in San Diego, Calif.
The 31st annual NCAA Women's College Cup will be played Friday, November 30, and Sunday, December 2, at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif., with the University of San Diego serving as host. The first national semifinal will be played at 5:30 p.m. PT and be shown live on ESPN3.com and in tape delay on ESPNU on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 8 p.m. PT and be shown live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place on Sunday, December 2, at 1 p.m. PT and will air live on ESPNU.
For more information on the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, log on to NCAA.com.
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