No. 10/13 Marquette Earns 10th NCAA Championship Berth
Nov. 7, 2011
MILWAUKEE- For the 10th time in program history, the Marquette University women's soccer team will play in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship. The No. 10/13 Golden Eagles (17-3-0) will host Toledo (14-6-2) in the first round at Valley Fields on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
The 2011 NCAA Championship format features 32 first-round sites with only one game being played the first weekend at each site. The second and third round games will be hosted at eight different home sites, Nov. 18 and 20. The winner of the Toledo at Marquette game will face the winner of the Army at Penn State matchup in the second round with a location to be determined.
The Golden Eagles, who earned one of 34 at-large bids, are one of four BIG EAST teams to advance to the NCAA tournament, as Notre Dame, West Virginia, and Louisville are also among the 64 teams vying for the National Championship.
The Golden Eagles are set to play in their 10th NCAA Tournament, receiving bids in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Golden Eagles are 6-7-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 5-3-1 in first round games, while advancing to the second round four times. MU's longest run in the NCAAs came during the 2005 and 2010 seasons when the Golden Eagles advanced to the third round.
Toledo, the automatic qualifier out of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) topped Western Michigan, 1-0, in the MAC Championship title game to earn its berth in the NCAA Championship. Toledo is making its fourth appearance (2006, 2007 and 2008) in the NCAA Championship and is led by MAC Offensive Player of the Year Rachel MacLeod who has registered 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists this season. The Rockets boast two other 20-plus point performers in Nicole Gyurgyik and Kristen Lynn who have tallied 24 points (10g, 4a) and 21 points (9g, 3a), respectively.
In net, goalkeeper Vicki Traven, an All-MAC First Team selection, has started in 21 games, and owns eight shutouts and a 0.90 goals against average.