Redbirds Draw Louisville in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 11, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State soccer team (14-6-0, 6-0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) will play at Louisville (12-5-1, 7-1-0 American Athletic Conference) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12 p.m., CT. The Redbirds are making their fifth all-time appearance in the field of 64, and third-consecutive.
The Cardinals finished in second place in the inaugural season of the AAC, losing only to conference-champion Central Florida in the regular-season. Louisville is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance all-time, and first since 2011. The Cardinals have gone 2-3 in their previous three trips. Both of those wins came in 2011, when U of L advanced to the Sweet 16.
ISU clinched a spot in the field by winning its third-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament over the weekend. The top-seeded Redbirds knocked off No. 2 seed Indiana State, 5-0, in the title match. Freshman Hannah Leinert was named the tournament MVP after scoring five goals in two games, including a hat trick in the championship match. In addition to Leinert, Dagny Olson, Aryn Newsom and Rachel Tejada were named to the All-Tournament team.
This will be the program's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, and fourth in the last five years. The Redbirds' first bid came in 2003, when they lost to No. 16 Kansas, 3-1, in Columbia, Mo. Roff first led his team to the tournament in 2009, as the Redbirds fell to No. 9 Florida, 2-0, in Columbus, Ohio. In 2011, ISU lost at No. 15 Milwaukee, 3-0, before falling by the same score at No. 12 Marquette the following year. No team from the Missouri Valley Conference has ever won a game in the NCAA Tournament.
First-round matches will be played at campus sites, November 15 and 16. Second round matches will be played Friday, November 22, at campus sites, and third-round matches will be played Sunday, November 24, at the same campus sites. The winner of the match between the Redbirds and Cardinals would take on either third-seeded Michigan or Milwaukee in the second round.
Quarterfinal matches will be played November 29 and 30, also on campus sites. The 32nd annual NCAA Women's College Cup will be played December 6 and December 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with Campbell University serving as host.
Tickets for Saturday's game will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth. Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m., Tuesday, and can be purchased through the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5151.
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