November 11, 2013

Women's Soccer Draws No. 1 Virginia Tech in the Opening Round of its First-Ever NCAA Tournament

 

INDIANAPOLIS – UMBC women's soccer, the champions of the America East Conference, will look to continue their historic season as the Retrievers meet No. 1 Virginia Tech in the first round of their first-ever NCAA Tournament. Game time is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va.

"We are excited about being in the tournament and now knowing who we face, we are excited for the challenge ahead against Virginia Tech," head coach Leslie Wray said.

UMBC completed the worst-to-first feat, going from 1-11-5 in 2011, including a 0-5-3 mark in America East play, to capturing a share of its first-ever regular-season title with a 6-2 mark in the league action, setting a program record in wins (13) and taking home its first-ever conference tournament crown. 

UMBC (13-5-2) earned its first America East postseason victories in 2013, starting with a 2-0 victory against No. 4 Hartford in the AEC semifinals. The top-seeded Retrievers took down the co-regular-season champion Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday, coming from behind to defeat SBU, 2-1, completing the biggest turnaround in America East history.  

Virginia Tech (16-4-2) upset the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Semifinals, before falling to Florida State, 1-0, in the finals. The Hokies enter the tournament as the No. 6 rated team in the country. 

The winner of UMBC versus Virginia Tech will move on to the second round and take on the winner of Rutgers and West Virginia.