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UTSA to open NCAA Tournament play at second-ranked Portland

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 11/08/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was yet another historic day for the UTSA women's soccer team, as it found out Monday that it will be heading to the Pacific Northwest for its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners will open play at top seed and No. 2 overall national seed Portland on Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT) at Merlo Field.

UTSA (13-7-2) earned the Southland's automatic bid to the NCAAs by running the table at this past weekend's postseason tournament in San Marcos. The Roadrunners defeated Lamar (1-0), Stephen F. Austin (1-1/5-4 in shootout) and Regular Season Champion Southeastern Louisiana (1-0/OT) en route to the program's first-ever conference title in their five-year history.

Portland, currently ranked second in the country, sports an 18-1-1 overall record and it will enter the tournament on a nine-match unbeaten streak (last loss: Sept. 25 vs. top-ranked Stanford). The Pilots earned the West Coast Conference's automatic bid after posting a 6-0-1 record for their fourth consecutive league championship. Portland has won 35 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in the nation, and is making its 18th NCAA appearance in the last 19 years.

Friday's other contest will feature Oklahoma (12-7-3) and Washington (11-8-1), which will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The two winners will square off in a 2 p.m. (CT) second-round contest on Sunday.

The three-week tournament begins this weekend at 16 campus sites that will feature four teams each. The 16 advancing squads then will play from Nov. 19-21, followed by the national quarterfinals from Nov. 26-28.

The final four teams will travel to Cary, N.C., for the Women's College Cup. The semifinals will be contested on Dec. 3 at WakeMed Soccer Park, followed by the National Championship match two days later.

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