Huskies Draw No. 2 Seed for NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 5, 2000
Pacific-10 Conference champion Washington received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and was given a first-round bye, the selection committee announced on Sunday night.
The Huskies (17-2, 8-1 in Pac-10) will make their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons. They will host a second-round game at Husky Soccer Field on Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon.
'I'm excited for our team that we are seeded No. 2. It's really all just sinking in right now for us,' exclaimed seventh-year UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We clinched the Pac-10 a week ago, so it's been a little nerve-wracking trying to keep ourselves on an even keel waiting for the tournament selection to come out. Now that it's here we are ecstatic.'
Washington will meet the winner of Wednesday's first-round game in Pullman between Washington State (13-6) and Montana (15-4-1). A matchup with the Cougars would give UW an opportunity to avenge Friday's 1-0 overtime loss at WSU that snapped an 11-game winning streak. The Huskies' only other loss was to top-seeded Notre Dame (20-0-1).
'That Washington State-Montana matchup is a great first-round game for both of those teams and we're excited to see either one of them on Sunday,' Gallimore said.
Washington earned an NCAA Tournament berth by virtue of its conference championship while WSU was an at-large selection and Big Sky Conference champion Montana earned a bid with a 6-0 play-in victory over Southland Conference champion Northwestern State on Saturday.
The third-ranked Huskies registered an all-time best 17 victories this season, including a school-record 11-game winning streak, en route to their first conference title. Washington is the first school from outside the state of California to capture the Pac-10 women's soccer championship.
Winning the conference championship is an even more remarkable feat when considering that the Pac-10 is the nation's toughest league in the eyes of the selection committee. Seven Pac-10 teams earned NCAA bids, including three of the top eight seeds. UCLA (15-3-1) earned a No. 6 seed and California (17-2-1) was No. 8. The Atlantic Coast Conference had six teams in the tournament field, including No. 3 seed Clemson (17-2-1) and No. 5 seed North Carolina (16-3), the defending national champion.
'Obviously the Pac-10 is the strongest conference in the country this year getting seven teams in the tournament,' Gallimore remarked. 'For us to be at the forefront of that group of teams is something which we are very, very proud of. It's something that these kids, especially our seniors, have worked hard for.'
The Huskies played 11 games against teams from the 48-team NCAA Tournament field, posting a 9-2 record. The lone UW defeats came against top seed Notre Dame and Washington State.
Only the top eight tournament teams were seeded into the pairings. The other seed in Washington's bracket, and a potential quarterfinal round opponent, is No. 7 Penn State (20-2-1).
The Huskies have a 2-3-1 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play and have advanced to the second round on two previous occasions. In the second round of the 1994 NCAAs the Huskies tied 0-0 at Stanford, but the Cardinal advanced on the strength of a 6-5 edge in the penalty-kick tiebreaker. Washington lost a 1-0 second-round decision at Portland in 1995.
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