South Carolina To Face UNC Greensboro In NCAA First Round
Nov. 8, 2010
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By Miquel Jacobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina women's soccer team earned its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid as the 2010 selections to the 64-team tournament were announced Monday afternoon on ESPNU. The Gamecocks (14-5-4) will travel to the Charlottesville, Va., regional to take on UNC Greensboro (19-1-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
The winner of the South Carolina-UNCG match will face the winner of No. 2 Virginia and Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Cavaliers and Mountain Hawks play Friday at 5 p.m.
UNC Greensboro enters the tournament with a 19-1-1 record having won 16 straight games. The Southern Conference Champions have lone blemishes on their schedule on an early season trip to California with a 0-0 draw to Southern California and a 2-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton. The teams have two common opponents this season in Wake Forest and Furman. South Carolina defeated the two teams by identical 1-0 scores, while the Spartans defeated Wake Forest, 2-1, and Furman, 4-1.
Virginia earned a No. 2 national seed and will host the opening rounds after finishing 13-3-2 (7-2-1 ACC) as the third placing team in the ACC. South Carolina head coach Shelley Smith and Virginia head coach Steve Swanson are familiar with each other. Smith was an assistant coach under Swanson at Dartmouth in 1995 in her first season as a collegiate coach.
Lehigh earned the Patriot League's automatic berth with a 1-0 victory over Army. The Mountain Hawks enter with an 11-4-4 record and are advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament.
NCAA First/Second Rounds Klöckner Stadium Charlottesville, Va.
Second Round Sunday, November 14