INDIANAPOLIS - The 2013 America East women's soccer champion, UMBC Retrievers, will travel to face No. 1 seed Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament on Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 32nd NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced Monday by the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.
The Retrievers (13-5-2), who are making their first trip to the NCAA tournament, earned the conference's automatic bid after defeating Stony Brook, 2-1, on Saturday night at Retriever Soccer Park in the America East championship game. The tournament title capped the best turnaround in America East history, as UMBC went from last place with an 0-5-3 conference record in 2012, to first place with a 6-2-0 mark in 2013.
The program earned a share of its first regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The historical turnaround ranks as the second-best in the nation this season only behind UAB.
UMBC battled back from a 1-0 deficit in the title game, something that has become a habit for the Retrievers this season. Jessy Brown scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 59th minute, blocking a clear attempt by Stony Brook that went over the keeper's head and into the net. Brown went on to be named the tournament Most Outstanding Player after her league-leading fifth game-winning goal of the year.
The Retrievers enter the NCAA tournament winning eight of their last nine matches. The team has comeback from a 1-0 deficit in four of its last five wins.
Virginia Tech (16-4-2) lost to Florida State in the ACC Championship game. The Hokies are the No. 6 team in the country entering the NCAA tournament and finished fourth in the ACC regular season.
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. The first national semifinal will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 6. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and air live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.