Five Big Ten Schools Earn Bids To NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament
Big Ten will send at least five programs to tournament for 24th time in 25 years
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will have five schools participating in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday afternoon. Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin earned berths to this year’s NCAA Tournament, which kicks off Friday at campus sites around the country.
The Big Ten has now had at least five of its current women’s soccer programs advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in 25 seasons.
Iowa (15-4-1) earns the second NCAA Tournament bid in program history and first since 2013, with the Hawkeyes having already tied the school record for wins in a season. They are penciled into the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional and will head to third-seeded Kansas to open NCAA Tournament play Friday (time TBD) in Lawrence, Kan.
Michigan (15-5-1) will be making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2016. The Wolverines, who tied for second in the Big Ten standings and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament title game for the first time since 2005, will kick off NCAA Tournament play at home Friday (time TBD), welcoming Bowling Green to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a first-round matchup out of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Regional. This is a rematch of a regular-season contest between the teams, won by Michigan, 2-0 on Sept. 8 at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Penn State (15-6-1) earned the Big Ten’s automatic qualifying berth into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its 2-1 overtime win over Michigan in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament title game. The Nittany Lions will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th consecutive season, having won the national championship in 2015. Penn State is a No. 4 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament and will play host to Stony Brook in an opening-round game in the Stanford Regional at 6 p.m. (ET) Friday at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.
Rutgers (15-3-2) received its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and the 14th in program history, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA College Cup in 2015. The Scarlet Knights, who also received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, kick off their postseason at 7 p.m. (ET) Friday on their home turf at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., taking on Central Connecticut State in a first-round game in the Charlottesville Regional. RU faced CCSU in its 2019 season opener back on Aug. 22, also at Yurcak Field, with the Scarlet Knights prevailing 2-1 in overtime.
Big Ten Champion Wisconsin (14-3-2) received its fifth NCAA Tournament bid in six years and the 22nd in program history. The Badgers are the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional and will begin their postseason run at home on Friday (time TBD) when Milwaukee comes to the McClimon Sports Complex in Madison, Wis., for a first-round game.
Following this weekend’s first-round matches, the NCAA Tournament continues with second-round play on Nov. 22 and third-round contests on Nov. 24, also at campus sites. The quarterfinals then will take place Nov. 29 or 30 on the campus of one of the participating institutions. The 2019 NCAA Women’s College Cup will take place at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., with the semifinals slated for Dec. 6 and the championship game on Dec. 8, and all three College Cup contests being televised live on ESPNU.
The remaining kickoff times and all television coverage for NCAA Tournament matches prior to the semifinals will be announced by the participating schools.