Toledo to Face Top-Ranked Notre Dame in First Round NCAA Tournament Match

Updated 11/11/2008

Courtesy of Toledo Sports Information

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TOLEDO, OH - The pairings have been announced for the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, and the Toledo Rockets (16-4-1) will travel to South Bend, IN to face top-ranked Notre Dame (21-0-0) in a first-round match on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.


Michigan State (13-6-3) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (18-2-2) face off at 5:00 p.m. in the region's other match. The winners will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. All matches will be held at Alumni Field (2,500).


“It’s great to see your school’s name on national TV,” eighth-year Head Coach Brad Evans said. “When we talk to our players about our program, we want to be regarded as one of the elite teams in the country. We’re one of only 64 teams of about 320 still playing. It’s an honor and we’re going to go out there on Friday against the Fighting Irish and compete the best we can.”


The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 27th NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced on Monday evening by the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee on ESPN News. The post-season tourney field consists of 30 automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large selections.


The Rockets earned the Mid-American Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year by winning the league title this past weekend. UT, seeded No. 1 for the conference tourney, downed No. 8 seed Miami (1-0) in the quarterfinals, No. 4 seed Bowling Green (1-0) in the semifinals and No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan (1-0) in the finals.


Notre Dame enters Friday’s action with an umblemished 21-0-0 overall record, including an 11-0-0 mark in the Big East. The Fighting Irish recently outscored their three league-tourney opponents, 9-0, en route to their 10th conference title in 14 years.


 “Playing against the top-ranked team in the country at their place will definitely be a challenge for us,” two-time MAC Player of the Year Molly Cornwell said. “But I think it will be a challenge that we’ll embrace. This will be a good match for us and a good learning experience.”