UW Women Travel to Alabama for NCAA Soccer Tourney

Nov. 8, 2004

SEATTLE - The 15th-seeded Washington women's soccer team received its second straight postseason invitation and will meet Birmingham Southern, Nov. 12 in Auburn, Ala. in he first round of the NCAA Tournament, the selection committee announced Monday afternoon.

The Huskies (14-4-1) received their eighth all-time NCAA Tournament bid, all of them coming during Coach Lesle Gallimore's 11 seasons. They meet the Panthers (12-7-3) at Auburn's AU Soccer Complex on Friday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Central). A second-year NCAA Division I member, Birmingham Southern is making its College Cup debut.

Host Auburn (14-3-2) plays Clemson (10-7-2) at 5 p.m. PST in the second half of Friday's doubleheader. The first-round winners clash in Auburn on Sunday, Nov. 14 at noon PST for the right to advance to the round of 16.

'We're just elated. Getting into the tournament is always the No. 1 goal you have,' Gallimore exclaimed. 'This team has worked really hard to get where they are. We're encouraged by our draw and we're encouraged by the success we've had against teams in the tournament. With two wins this past weekend, we are happy with the way we are playing and feel real good about ourselves going into the weekend.'

The top 16 tournament teams were seeded into the pairings. The other seeded schools in Washington's bracket are No. 2 Penn State, a potential round of 16 opponent, along with No. 7 Princeton and No. 10 Florida.

The Huskies played 12 games this season against opponents from the 64-team NCAA Tournament field, registering a 9-3 record. Washington posted a 4-2 record against the tournament's 16 seeded squads, including wins over No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 Portland, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Tennessee.

Washington has a 4-6-1 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, advancing to the round of 16 in 2000. The Huskies' last appearance was in 2003 when they lost 2-1 in a first-round matchup in Portland, Ore.

The NCAA Tournament format calls for first-round games to be played Friday, November 12, at campus sites with second-round contests scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14 at the same campus sites. Third-round games will be played on campus sites November 19, 20 or 21, as will quarterfinal matches on November 26, 27 or 28.

The 23nd-annual NCAA Division I Women's College Cup will be played December 3 and 5 at State Capital Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

(# - seeded teams, * - host school)

#1 *North Carolina (17-0-2) vs. Campbell (11-1-7)
William & Mary (11-6-4) vs. Virginia Tech (11-8-0)

Cal Poly (11-2-6) vs. Stanford (12-5-3)
#16 *Santa Clara (14-4-2) vs. California (11-5-3)

#9 *Texas A&M (17-5-0) vs. Texas State (13-9-0)
Illinois (13-5-2) vs. Rice (14-4-3)

Nebraska (12-8-0) vs. Oral Roberts (13-5-1)
#8 *Kansas (17-4-0) vs. Creighton (8-7-4)

#5 *Portland (17-3-0) vs. Weber State (8-9-2)
Colorado (14-5-2) vs. Utah (13-5-3)

West Virginia (14-5-0) vs. SMU (15-3-3)
#12 *Texas (13-6-2) vs. North Texas (15-5-1)

#13 Arizona (15-5-0) vs. Colgate (12-6-2)
*Connecticut (16-6-1) vs. Harvard (8-6-2)

Dayton (21-0-0) vs. Wisconsin (15-5-1)
#4 *Notre Dame (19-1-1) vs. Eastern Illinois (13-5-2)

#3 *Virginia (16-2-2) vs. James Madison (11-7-3)
Duke (12-7-0) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (15-6-0)

San Diego (11-7-2) vs. UNLV (12-4-2)
#14 *UCLA (13-6-0) vs. Pepperdine (9-6-3)

#11 *Tennessee (15-4-2) vs. Furman (13-8-0)
Wake Forest (10-6-2) vs. UAB (15-5-1)

Detroit (13-7-1) vs. Michigan (11-8-2)
#6 *Ohio State (16-3-3) vs. Bowling Green (10-11-2)

#7 *Princeton (15-2-0) vs. Central Connecticut State (11-9-1)
Yale (13-4-0) vs. Villanova (13-5-2)

Florida State (12-5-2) vs. Boston College (14-6-0)
*#10 Florida (16-3-1) vs. Central Florida (16-3-2)

#15 WASHINGTON (14-4-1) vs. Birmingham Southern (12-6-3)
*Auburn (14-3-2) vs. Clemson (10-7-2)

Loyola, Maryland (16-3-0) vs. Maryland (7-6-4)
#2 *Penn State (18-2-1) vs. Binghamton (14-5-1)

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