Nov. 9, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn soccer team was selected to a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament on Monday night, drawing California in a First Round matchup in Tallahassee, Fla.
"It is always exciting to see your name come up on the board. We have worked hard, especially the last few weeks, to get the bid, and obviously we did enough to get in the NCAAs," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We get to play California, which is a neat rematch for our seniors as we played them before at Florida State in the NCAAs. We are very excited and it's going to be a great opponent but a very different opponent."
Auburn (10-8-3) and California (10-8-1) were both awarded at-large selections to the tournament and will play at 7pm ET on Friday night.
"We have worked really hard these last couple of weeks and really turned our season around," First Team All-SEC selection Katy Frierson said. "It is great for all of our seniors and the rest of our team to be rewarded with a NCAA berth."
The selection is the eighth overall for Auburn, which is 4-7-0 all-time on NCAA Tournament play, advancing into the Second Round in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008.
Auburn will play in Tallahassee in the postseason for the fourth time in eight appearances, also going there in 2002, 2003 and 2006. Its' last trip had Auburn falling to California, 3-1, in the First Round.
"We are all really excited to play them again and get another shot at them," senior captain Chelsea Yauch said. "They are a great team and hopefully we can pull out a win."
Auburn is 2-3-0 all-time in postseason play in Tallahassee and was also in the same bracket as Florida State in the 2001 Tournament in Clemson, S.C., and the 2008 Tournament hosted by Auburn.
Auburn won five of its' last seven matches, including a first round match against Ole Miss at the SEC Tournament to earn the bid.
"These last six or seven games we have played great soccer. We feel like we are peaking at the right time of year and we are excited to play again on Friday night," Hoppa said.
Florida State (16-4-1), also an at-large selection, was awarded one of the four National No. 1 seeds along with North Carolina, Stanford and UCLA. Florida State will play Southeastern Louisiana (13-4-2), champions of the Southland Conference Tournament, in the opening round at 4:30pm.
Complete Bracket in PDF Format
2009 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
LEFT SIDE OF BRACKET
No. 1 Stanford (20-0-0) vs. Northern Ariz. (9-8-2)
BYU (17-3-2) vs. UC Santa Barb. (9-9-3)
HOST: Stanford - Nov. 12 & 14
Oklahoma St. (15-7-0) vs. Southern California (12-6-2)
Michigan St. (11-4-4) vs. No. 4 Santa Clara (13-6-1)
HOST: Santa Clara - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 3 UCF (16-4-1) vs. Milwaukee (12-5-3)
Arizona St. (9-7-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-5-5)
HOST: Wisconsin - Nov. 13 & 15
Boston U. (14-5-2) vs. Connecticut (10-7-2)
Harvard (9-6-1) vs. *No. 2 Boston College (15-3-2)
HOST: Boston College - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 2 Portland (18-1-0) vs. Denver (17-5-1)
Washington (11-5-4) vs. Mississippi (13-5-2)
HOST: Portland - Nov. - 13 & 15
Marquette (15-5-2) vs. Dayton (16-0-5)
Murray St. (11-8-2) vs. No. 3 Virginia Tech (14-7-0)
HOST: Dayton - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 4 Penn St. (12-5-2) vs. Colgate (11-6-3)
Virginia (9-5-5) vs. St. John's (N.Y.) (13-6-1)
HOST: Penn St. - Nov. 13 & 15
San Diego St. (14-3-5) vs. San Diego (12-6-2)
Boise St. (13-6-4) vs. No. 1 UCLA (17-2-1)
HOST: UCLA - Nov. 13 & 15
RIGHT SIDE OF BRACKET
No. 1 North Carolina (17-3-1) vs. High Point (7-14-2)
UNC Wilmington (13-7-1) vs. Georgia (14-5-1)
HOST: North Carolina - Nov. 13 & 15
Washington St. (13-5-2) vs. Villanova (11-5-5)
Monmouth (15-4-1) vs. No. 4 Maryland (12-5-2)
HOST: Maryland - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 3 Wake Forest (13-5-2) vs. Kennesaw St. (11-6-0)
Loyola (Md.) (15-4-3) vs. West Virginia (9-6-6)
HOST: Wake Forest - Nov. 13 & 15
Rutgers (13-3-4) vs. Duke (8-8-4)
Davidson (12-9-1) vs. *No. 2 South Carolina (17-3-2)
HOST: South Carolina - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 2 Notre Dame (17-3-1) vs. IUPUI (17-4-0)
Central Mich. (16-3-3) vs. Purdue (12-5-3)
HOST: Notre Dame - Nov. 13 & 15
Ohio St. (14-3-2) vs. Oregon St. (12-7-1)
Illinois St. (12-6-1) vs. No. 3 Florida (15-5-2)
HOST: Ohio State - Nov. 13 & 15
No. 4 LSU (14-4-4) vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff (11-6-3)
Memphis (16-6-0) vs. Texas A&M (14-6-2)
HOST: LSU - Nov. 13 & 15
Auburn (10-8-3) vs. California (10-8-1)
Southeastern La. (13-4-2) vs. No. 1 Florida St. (16-4-1)
HOST: Florida St. - Nov. 13 & 15