The UCF women's soccer team (13-1-3) will host Washington State (9-7-3) in the NCAA Tournament first round on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UCF Soccer Complex.
The Knights, who enter the tournament on a 16-match unbeaten streak, will be playing in their 21st NCAA Tournament and their first as a two-seed.
"We are thrilled with earning a No. 2 seed," UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. "This team really deserved that. I am really proud of them and really excited to host this first match. Washington State is a good team and beat UCLA this year, so this will not be an easy road to get out of the first round. We are thrilled to be home and hope to have a lot of fans out there on Saturday night."
If the Knights advance, they will host the winner of a first-round match between Tennessee and Murray State. The second round and Sweet 16 will be held November 17 and 19.
The Knights and the Cougars have only met once on the pitch, with UCF earning a 2-0 win in 2011.
UCF has moved on to the second round in seven of its last nine NCAA Championship tournament appearances. The Knights advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2014.
This year marks the 10th time that UCF has hosted at least one NCAA Tournament round.
Since 1981, UCF has accumulated 22 conference championships, including the 2017 American Athletic Conference regular season title. The Black and Gold's 20 NCAA Tournament berths include appearances in the 1982 NCAA title game, 1987 Final Four, 2011 Elite Eight and 2014 Sweet 16.
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Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m.
The pinnacle of college women's soccer will be co-hosted by UCF and the Central Florida Sports Commission, and held at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium from Dec. 1-3, 2017. Purchase your tickets by clicking here.
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Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
“We are thrilled with earning a No. 2 seed. This team really deserved that. I am really proud of them and really excited to host this first match. Washington State is a good team and beat UCLA this year, so this will not be an easy road to get out of the first round. We are thrilled to be home and hope to have a lot of fans out there on Saturday night.”
“It is a great thing to have some players with NCAA tournament experience and that maturity level. As a whole, this team is mature and knows what is on the line. They have big dreams and want to go far. They want to stay in Orlando as long as possible.”
Senior Kayla Adamek
“It is pretty exciting. We have been waiting for this moment. We don’t know much about (Washington State), but are excited to get after it.”
“I believe that this team can beat any team in the tournament. We just have to give it our all.”
“We have to refocus. (The result against South Florida) kind of put us in our place. Now we have that in the past. We know that we have to put in 100% in every game. Every team in this tournament is really good."