NCAA women’s soccer tournament nears

NCAA women’s soccer tournament nears as the major conference tournaments are being played out.

The Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer tournament has entered the semifinal round as Friday will see No. 13 Florida State play No. 9 Clemson. The Tigers won a share of the ACC regular season title with Duke. However, the 12th ranked Blue Devils were knocked out of the ACC tournament by Florida State in the quarterfinals.

In the tournament’s other semifinal, No. 6 Notre Dame will take on No. 10 North Carolina. Both matches will take place Friday evening with the ACC tournament final taking place on Sunday at 12:00pm eastern time.

Teams from the ACC have dominated the NCAA women’s soccer tournament over the last decade. An ACC team has won or finished runners-up in the tournament in 10 consecutive years. North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke and Florida State have all been regulars in the women’s final.

In the Big 12 conference tournament, the Oklahoma Sooners will meet West Virginia in the semifinals. West Virginia have spent much of the season at No. 1 in the rankings. They go into Friday’s match after losing just once all season.

The other Big 12 semifinal will feature an all Texas showdown as TCU play Baylor. The Bears defeated Oklahoma State 1-0 in the quarterfinals while TCU downed the University of Kansas.

The Pac-12 is finishing up its regular season ahead of Monday’s NCAA women’s tournament selection. In the conference’s final week, however, several top 25 teams are in action; hoping to get a boast ahead of the tournament.

Already this week, Washington State defeated in-state rival Washington Huskies, 2-0.ย Alysha Overland and Kaitlyn Johnson were on target for the Cougars as the team improved to 3-7-1 in conference play.

The Pac-12 will see several key match-ups take place over the weekend as No. 23 Utah travels to Boulder, Colorado to take on the No. 22 Buffaloes. No. 3 Stanford will travel to No. 21 California, with the Golden Bears needing a win to keep a berth in the postseason alive. Sunday will see a battle for Los Angeles as No. 18 UCLA take on No. 5 USC.

Last year’s NCAA women’s champions, the currently unranked Penn State Nittany Lions were knocked out of the Big 10 tournament by Rutgers University earlier this week. The Nittany Lions did win their 18th Big 10 regular season title despite the tournament setback.

The tournament resumes Friday with Minnesota playing Michigan, and Northwestern taking on Rutgers. The Big 10 tournament final will take place on Sunday at 2:00pm eastern time.

The Southeastern Conference will see No. 15 Florida play No. 2 South Carolina in the first game of its semifinals. No. 19 Arkansas will take on No. 11 Auburn in the other match-up. The SEC tournament is taking place in Orange Beach, Alabama this year and will conclude on Sunday.

 

 

Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.