June 17, 2010

Courtesy of UWF Athletics

The University of West Florida and Pensacola Sports Association will host the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola in December 2011, it was announced by the NCAA this week.  UWF has acted as host of the Division II national championships for men’s and women’s soccer two previous times, including the 2006 Division II Fall Festival in Pensacola and the 2007 championships held in Orange Beach, Ala.

“Only a select number of communities get the opportunity to host NCAA championships,” said UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott.  “This is just another chance to promote the city of Pensacola and the University of West Florida.”

The championships will be held at Ashton Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, the site of the 2006 finals in which the UWF men’s soccer team competed.  The finals are scheduled to include the semifinal rounds on Thursday, December 1, 2011 and the national championship games on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  Brosnaham Park has also acted as the host of the Gulf South Conference Championships since 2005.

“The Pensacola Sports Association and Escambia County Parks and Recreation have been great partners in recruiting these national events,” said Scott.  “Brosnaham Park is a championship caliber venue for soccer, and we are looking forward to hosting in 2011.”

The UWF men’s soccer team has advanced to the national championships once in 2006 during the Fall Festival in Pensacola.  The Argonauts faced eventual national champion Dowling in the semifinal round, and UWF fell in penalty kicks after the match ended in a 3-3 tie.

The West Florida women’s soccer team has advanced to the national championships twice, and both appearances have come in last two seasons.  In 2008, the Argonauts defeated Saint Rose 4-0 in the semifinals, but Seattle Pacific outlasted UWF in the championship game, defeating the Argonauts 1-0 in double overtime.  In 2009, the Argonauts women’s soccer team entered the championships ranked No. 1 in the nation, but in the semifinals Cal State Dominguez Hills tied UWF 1-1 and defeated the Argonauts in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game.

The 2010 national championships will be held in Louisville, Ky., as Bellarmine University will host the fall festival this December.

The Pensacola Sports Association, originally incorporated in 1955, is a private not-for-profit agency and one of the oldest sports commissions in the country.  Signature events produced by the PSA include the Double Bridge Run 15k, the Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, the High School All-Star Games, and the PSA Annual Awards Banquet.  For more information, visit www.pensacolasports.com.

For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.