Nov. 11, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team (15-3-1) earned an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Monday (Nov. 11), drawing UW-Milwaukee (10-8-1) in a first-round matchup that will be played on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. inside U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan is the No. 3 seed in its region, joining overall No. 1 seed Virginia, No. 2 seed Marquette and No. 4 seed Penn State.
"We're very excited to be in the field and very happy to be able to host a first-round matchup at U-M Soccer Stadium," head coach Greg Ryan said. "I think this team is hungry. They have goals. Milwaukee is a great team and one that we have great respect for. We can't wait to get on the field this Saturday."
The format is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. Thirty one teams received automatic berths, while an additional 33 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 -- which will be hosted at one site -- next week (Fri-Sun., Nov. 22-24). The quarterfinals will take place Saturday, Nov. 30. All matches will be played on campus sites leading up to the Women's College Cup, to be held from Dec. 6-8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The bid is Michigan's third in the last four years and 12th in program history. The Wolverines are hosting a first-round match for the second consecutive year, a feat that has not happened since the 1999 and 2000 postseasons. Overall, U-M is 11-9-2 in the NCAA Tournament, which includes a 7-3-1 record in first-round matches and a perfect 7-0-0 mark in matches played in Ann Arbor. The furthest Michigan has ever gone in the NCAA Tournament is the quarterfinals (Elite Eight) in 2002.
The Wolverines enter the NCAA Tournament after earning the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history -- one win shy of last year's total of 16. U-M finished second in the Big Ten (tied for the program's best Big Ten finish). The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 7 this season, the highest national ranking in program history. All four senior captains were All-Big Ten first team selections, including forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), midfielder Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and defenders Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). In addition, Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
U-M is 2-1-1 all-time against UW-Milwaukee. The two teams met in the season opener back on Aug. 23, with U-M winning, 3-0. The only prior meeting of the two teams in the NCAA Tournament came in 2006, with UW-Milwaukee winning in PKs, 5-3, in the first round. Both teams have gone 8-1 in their past nine matches.
Tickets for Michigan's first-round match with UW-Milwaukee can be purchased through the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office by calling (866) 296-6849 or at MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423