soccer-women-d1 flag | November 14, 2013

ACC has four No. 1 seeds for 2013 DI Women's Soccer Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 32nd NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced Monday by the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.

The four No. 1 seeds include Florida State, the automatic qualifier out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and three at-large selections from the ACC in Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

South Alabama, the Sun Belt Conference tournament champion will face Florida State in the opening-round match. Virginia will play host to St. Francis (Pa.), the automatic qualifier from the Northeast Conference. Virginia Tech will host UMBC, the America East champion, in a first-round match, and North Carolina will host Liberty, the Big South champion.

The No. 2 seeds include Florida, Marquette, Nebraska, and UCLA. Capturing the No. 3 seeds are UCF, Michigan, Portland, and South Carolina. Denver, Penn State, Santa Clara, and Texas A&M each earned a No. 4 seed to complete the top 16 seeded teams.

North Carolina is the only team who has been invited to the tournament every year since its inception in 1982. In last year’s final, North Carolina defeated Penn State by a score of 4-1 to win their 22nd women’s soccer national championship title.

The ACC leads all conferences with eight teams in the tournament.   Seven teams will represent the Big Ten, while six will advance from the Pac-12.

Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2013 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. Sites are selected for the first round to create the least number of flights.

First-round matches will be played at campus sites November 15 and 16. Second round matches will be played Friday, November 22, at campus sites, and third-round matches will be played Sunday, November 24, at the same campus sites. Quarterfinal matches will be played November 29 and 30 also on campus sites.

The 32nd annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played December 6 and December 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with Campbell University serving as host. The first national semifinal will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 6. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and air live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.

Conferences receiving automatic qualification:

America East Conference -- Maryland, Baltimore County

American Athletic Conference -- Central Florida

Atlantic Coast Conference -- Florida State

Atlantic Sun Conference -- Jacksonville

Atlantic 10 Conference -- La Salle

Big East Conference -- Marquette

Big Sky Conference -- Weber State

Big South Conference -- Liberty

Big Ten Conference -- Nebraska

Big 12 Conference -- West Virginia

Big West Conference -- California State Fullerton

Colonial Athletic Association -- Northeastern

Conference USA -- Colorado College

Horizon League -- Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ivy League -- Harvard

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- Monmouth

Mid-American Conference -- Western Michigan

Missouri Valley Conference -- Illinois State

Mountain West Conference -- San Diego State

Northeast Conference -- Saint Francis (Pa.)

Ohio Valley Conference -- Morehead State

Pac-12 Conference -- UCLA

Patriot League -- Boston University

Southeastern Conference -- Texas A&M

Southland Conference -- Southeastern Louisiana

Southern Conference -- Furman

Southwestern Athletic Conference -- Jackson State

Summit League -- Denver

Sun Belt Conference -- South Alabama

West Coast Conference -- Santa Clara

Western Athletic Conference -- Seattle

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