The Allegheny women’s soccer team now has a date for Saturday.
During Monday’s NCAA selection show, the Lady Gators were paired with Thomas More College for the first round of the 2013 Division III National Tournament. The game will take place at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, Ky. on Saturday. A time for the match has yet to be announced.
The Gators (11-5-4) earned the automatic berth to the NCAA postseason after capturing the North Coast Athletic Conference championship with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wittenberg. It marked the first NCAC tournament championship for the Gators. It will be the fourth trip to the NCAA postseason in Allegheny team history, and first since 2010.
Thomas More, ranked No. 14 in the Nov. 5 National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 poll, enters the NCAA playoffs with a 17-1-2 overall record, most recently capturing the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship over the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Grove City College.
Saturday’s meeting will be the second all-time between the Gators and Saints. The two teams previously played in September 1997, with Allegheny winning 7-1.
The winner of the Allegheny-Thomas More match will get right back to work on Sunday, playing the winner of Saturday’s other first round game between Hanover and Salem.
A complete NCAA women’s soccer bracket can be found at www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/soccer-women/d3.
In other news for the Lady Gators soccer club, freshman Jessie Thiessen was named the North Coast Athletic Conference women’s soccer Player of the Week.
Thiessen led the Gators with three goals in their two postseason victories. In Tuesday’s 2-0 semifinal win over DePauw, the freshman forward provided all the offense the Gators would need, as she scored two goals in a seven minute span late in the first half.
In Saturday’s conference championship game against Wittenberg, Thiessen scored her team’s insurance marker in the game’s 26th minute.
On the year, she leads the NCAC in both goals (10) and points (26), while placing third in the league with six assists.
This mark’s Thiessen’s second NCAC Player of the Week honor for the season, after previously being recognized on Oct. 21
Lady Scots make D-II bracket
The Edinboro University women’s soccer team received good news on Monday evening as the Fighting Scots were awarded a spot in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the third consecutive year. They are one of six teams in the Atlantic Region and will be facing Shippensburg on Friday at 1 p.m. in Slippery Rock. The Fighting Scots are the sixth seed and come in with a 12-5-2 overall record. Shippensburg is seeded third and is 11-5-3.
California (Pa.) is the one seed in the Atlantic Region and boasts a 17-2-2 record. The four seed is West Chester and will be playing the five seed Kutztown. This is a rematch of the quarterfinals of the PSAC Tournament in which West Chester won 2-1. The Golden Rams come into the game 13-7-0 while the Golden Bears are 12-6-0. Slippery Rock is the No. 2 seed and because of that is hosting the Edinboro/Shippensburg game. The Rock has a 13-3-2 record.
The winner of the Edinboro and Shippensburg plays Slippery Rock. The Fighting Scots are still seeking their first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
The Allegheny women’s soccer team now has a date for Saturday.
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Lee, Wheeling stay in hunt for Class AAA state title
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Cards look to slow down Vincentian
“The best way to sum it up is,” said Cochranton head coach Scott McCurdy, “it’s like they’re down five and there are 30 seconds to go. Only, they play like that for the entire 32 minutes.”
McCurdy is talking about the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team, which employs a style that’s ... well ... calling it up-tempo just doesn’t seem to suffice.
Lancers get tough draw in opener
One may think that by winning a District 10 title and getting paired up with the seventh seed out of District 7 for the first round of the state playoffs, that said champion would have a pretty choice matchup.
Yet, that’s not how things shook out for the General McLane girls basketball team. The D-10 champion Lady Lancers drew a challenging foe in Neshannock.
’Dogs rout Bison to reach title game
Having defeated Fort LeBoeuf by a grand total of 24-0 in their previous three meetings, the tension wasn’t exactly palpable for the Meadville Bulldogs hockey team as it squared off with the Bison in a Lakeshore Hockey League semfinal game on Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena.
Calvary wins opener
The Calvary Baptist girls basketball team won its opening game of the National Christian School Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday at Family First Sports Park.
Gators win lacrosse home opener
Allegheny moved to 3-0-0 on the year with its 20-8 win over Washington & Jefferson on Thursday in women’s lacrosse action at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.
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