Nov. 5, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team (14-5-2) earned a bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament on Monday (Nov. 5), drawing Central Michigan in a first-round matchup that will be played on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 6 p.m. inside U-M Soccer Stadium.
"This team deserved to be in the field, no question," Michigan head coach Greg Ryan said. "We have a great team that is hungry to win in the NCAA Tournament. Central Michigan is a good soccer team, and we're going to have to give the greatest effort when we play them this weekend."
"Our fans have been great all year," Ryan continued. "We have a great atmosphere here at the U-M Soccer Stadium and to be able to play at NCAA Tournament match in front of our fans is huge for us. It hasn't happened in a while. We're all very excited to be back."
It is Michigan's second bid in the last three years and 11th in program history. Additionally, Michigan serves as host to an NCAA Tournament match for the first time since 2002. The Wolverines are 9-9-1 all-time in the NCAA postseason and 6-3-1 in first-round matches. Michigan has not advanced past the first round since 2003. Its deepest postseason run happened in 2002 (quarterfinals).
The format is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. Thirty teams received automatic berths, while an additional 34 were at-large selections. Thirty-two teams serve as hosts for one first-round match this weekend, with the winners advancing to the second and third rounds next week (Thu-Sun., Nov. 15-18). The quarterfinals will take place Nov. 23-25. All matches will be played on campus sites leading up to the Women's College Cup, to be held from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
The Wolverines enter the NCAA Tournament having posted a 14-5-2 record and a 7-2-2 record in Big Ten play. They placed in the top three of the Big Ten for the first time since 2004 and reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2006. Michigan set or tied numerous program records this season, including longest unbeaten streak (10 matches), consecutive matches with a shutout (six) and most minutes without allowing a goal (632:08). The team had six All-Big Ten selections, headlined by fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser), who was tabbed Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.
Michigan is 2-0-1 all-time against Central Michigan. The two teams met last season, battling to a 1-1 draw in Ann Arbor, but the two have never met in the postseason.
Tickets for Michigan's first-round match with Central Michigan can be purchased through the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office by calling (734) 764-0247 or www.MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423