Soccer Earns Second Straight Postseason Berth
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami soccer team qualified for its second straight postseason appearance and fifth in program history Monday, earning an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
The Hurricanes will make the short trip to Orlando for their opening round matchup with Conference USA tournament champions and No. 20 UCF. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. on Nov. 10.
"We're just really excited. We had some big wins at the end of the year, and I think that helped us," assistant coach Jason Hamilton said. "Obviously it's nerve-wracking waiting to find out who you're playing, but we're excited."
The Canes fell in their regular season match-up with the Knights earlier in the year, dropping the overtime thriller 1-0 back on Aug. 26.
The Hurricanes were one of nine representatives chosen from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Joining Miami (9-7-3, 4-4-2 ACC) from the conference will be Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The nine ACC teams selected to the 2012 NCAA Tournament field led all conferences, three more than both the Southeastern Conference and Pac-12. Monday's announcement marked the tenth straight year that at least seven ACC teams have made the Championship field, and the 14th straight year that at least six have been selected.
"With all the injuries we had, I think we were down at one point seven or eight starters," assistant coach Matt Kagan said. "To have it culminate in an NCAA Tournament for us is a great reward. We're proud of the kids."
Miami earned its first-ever postseason win in 2011 with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Alabama at Cobb Stadium. Now the Hurricanes are matched up with a familiar opponent - a factor that works to both sides' advantage.
"It was a really upsetting loss, and just the chance to play them again is awesome," senior defender Ali Brennan said. "Having another NCAA Tournament to play in is amazing."