Nov. 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - For the eighth time in program history, the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher women's soccer team has been selected for the NCAA tournament. The Maroon and Gold will travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. CT
"We're very excited to get a bid into the NCAA Tournament," said Minnesota head coach, Stefanie Golan. "These girls have worked hard and we've come up with some key wins at good moments and have put ourselves in a great position going into postseason play."
The Gophers (11-7-2), who are playing in the tournament after a two-year hiatus, will face Texas Tech (17-2-2) who received their second-straight ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders have had a successful season, setting a record with 16 regular season victories and went unbeaten away from home.
"We expect Texas Tech to be athletic, hard, tough, physical and definitely a good team to play," said Golan. "We're on the road and this team has proven to be road warriors throughout the season. I couldn't be more excited for this group."
Minnesota has made seven previous NCAA Tournament appearances in its history including a string of five postseason runs from 1995-99. During the programs third year of existence, the Golden Gophers made their first appearance in the 1995 and again in 1996 before reaching the second round three-consecutive times in 1997-99. The Gophers made their first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2008 and then advanced to the Sweet 16 again in 2010. This is head coach Stefanie Golan's first NCAA Tournament berth with the Golden Gophers.
A Big Ten Conference record eight teams earned NCAA Tournament berths. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State and with their first-ever NCAA Tournament, Iowa, will compete in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The ACC and the Big Ten lead all conferences with eight teams each while the SEC and the Pac-12 will both send six.
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