UW Women Host Maryland Sunday in NCAA Soccer Tourney

Nov. 15, 2004

SEATTLE - The 15th-seeded Washington women's soccer team, which won a pair of playoff games last weekend in Auburn, Ala., will entertain Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 20 in a third-round NCAA Tournament contest. The Sweet 16 matchup kicks off at 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus.

Tickets for the NCAA-sponsored event are priced at $7 and $4 for UW students. A special discount rate of $3 each is available for groups of 25 or more. Advanced purchase of tickets is available now online at Washington's official athletic website (www.gohuskies). Tickets call also be obtained via telephone (206-543-2200) or in person at the Husky Ticket Office which is located in the first floor of the Graves Building just north of Husky Stadium and Bank of America Arena.

The Washington women will host postseason action for only the second time. The only previous NCAA Tournament games at Husky Soccer Field were played in 2000 when UW defeated Montana 5-0 in the second round before losing a 1-0 third-round decision to Portland.

The Huskies (16-4-1) opened the 2004 tournament Friday with a 5-0 victory over Big South Conference champion Birmingham-Southern. On Sunday they defeated 22nd-ranked Auburn, the host school, by a 1-0 tally. Senior forward Kelley Schweighart (Solana Beach, Calif.) netted the decisive goal in the eighth minute.

UW has matched its deepest foray into the NCAA Tournament as the 2000 squad also advanced to the round of 16. That team finished with a school-record 18 wins.

Maryland travels to Seattle after registering a 1-0 third round upset of No. 2 seed Penn State. The Terrapins and Huskies were scheduled to meet during the regular season, but the game was never played. Washington took a trip to College Park, Md. for a Sept. 17 contest, but the game was canceled due to thunderstorms and a tornado warning.

The Terrapins (9-6-4) are coached by Shannon Higgins Cirovski, a 1986 Mount Rainier (Wash.) High School graduate. She played collegiately at North Carolina and won the 1989 National Player of the Year award before competing for the U.S. National Team that won the 1991 World Cup.