ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s soccer team has drawn the University of South Florida as their opponent in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
“Getting ready for an NCAA Tournament doesn’t ever get old,” said head coach Nick Bochette. “We’ve done it three times now with this senior class, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be on staffs and teams that have done it at different levels before, and it doesn’t ever get old. It’s a lot of fun to play in NCAA Tournaments, and it’s a lot of fun to see what it’s like against the real top-level talent out there. We structure our schedule to give ourselves a taste of that, and we want to test ourselves against that. So it’s exciting, we’re going to go in and put our best foot forward and show the world what we can do.”
UAlbany (14-6-2, 5-2-1 AE) punched its ticket to the 2018 Tournament by winning their third America East title in four years, defeating UMass Lowell 5-1 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Sunday. The Great Danes are currently riding a six-game winning streak, during which they have outscored their opponents 15-1.
The last time UAlbany qualified for the NCAA Tournament was during the 2016 season. The Great Danes drew the University of Connecticut for the opening round, falling in Storrs 4-2. It was the Danes’ second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, previously drawing 2015 six-seed Penn State the year before.
The Great Danes have won a program-record 14 games this season behind star players like Mariah Williams, who is the all-time program leader in career points and goals, and Caroline Kopp, who is the all-time program leader in career assists. Both Williams and Kopp rank among the NCAA leaders in their respective categories.
South Florida has gone 14-3-0 this season, including 8-1-0 in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won the AAC regular season title but fell in the AAC Tournament title game to the University of Memphis. This will be the first meeting between the programs.