Hoosiers Earn NCAA Berth, Will Face Toledo
Nov. 12, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team has been selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the selection committee announced tonight. The Hoosiers (12-6-2) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., where they will face the University of Toledo in the first round on Friday, Nov. 16, with the time yet to be announced. It is the first trip to the tourney for IU since 1998.
"It's a trademark step forward for any program," head coach Mick Lyon said of earning the NCAA bid. "All 314 teams want to go, but only 64 get the opportunity every year. We're going to make the most of it. I'm really excited about the draw."
This will mark the first-ever meeting between the Hoosiers and Rockets. Toledo earned an NCAA bid by defeating Bowling Green in penalty kicks to win the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue, one of four No. 2 seeds in the tournament, will play host to IU's first-round series. The Boilermakers (19-2-2) will take on Oakland (10-7-2), who won the Summit League Championship to advance to the field of 64.
Toledo and Indiana have faced two common opponents this season. Both teams won games played at Butler, with the Hoosiers taking a 2-1 contest and the Rockets winning 1-0. Against Ball State, Toledo dropped an overtime, 1-0 contest in Muncie, while IU bested the Cardinals in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten teams to earn berths to the NCAA Tournament this season. Along with Purdue, Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State each earned at-large bids to the tournament. Penn State, a No. 1 seed, hosts Monmouth in the first round and will play the winner of Hofstra and the Buckeyes should the Nittany Lions advance. Illinois will face Louisville in a foursome hosted by Notre Dame.
The Hoosiers are returning to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1998, when IU went 13-7-1 during the regular season and Big Ten Tournament, marking the only previous at-large selection in school history. The 1996 Hoosiers earned an NCAA bid by winning the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 7 seed.
Indiana is 1-2-0 all-time in NCAA play, as it defeated Wright State 3-1 in the opening round of the 1998 tournament. The Hoosiers were then bested by Penn State in the second round by a score of 2-1. The 1996 squad traveled to top-ranked Notre Dame, where it was defeated 8-1 by the Irish.
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