Knights to Host St. John's in NCAA First Round


Nov. 11, 2013

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By Jenna Marina
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The No. 12/17 UCF women's soccer team (16-2-4) will host St. John's (11-5-3) in the NCAA Tournament first round on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the UCF Soccer Complex. The Knights earned the No. 3 seed in their region and are one of 16 teams in the tournament to earn a national seed.

UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury chat before the NCAA Championship field was announced Monday.

"We're obviously really excited to have a national seed," UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said as her team gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the NCAA selection show. "To be a No. 3 seed puts us in a good position and that's sometimes what it's about when you go to the NCAA Tournament. We're thrilled and can't wait to get this tournament started."

The Knights are also looking forward to at least one more game this season at the UCF Soccer Complex.

"It's awesome. We love being at home," senior goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado said. "It gives us more time to recover and regenerate. On top of that, we obviously love being in front of our fans."

Should UCF defeat St. John's, the Knights will meet the winner of a first-round match between Arkansas (13-8-0) and Oklahoma State (9-6-6). The second round and Sweet 16 will be held November 22 and 24, with sites for the second and third rounds yet to be announced. UCF has advanced to the second round in its last six NCAA Championship tournament appearances.

The American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship trophies were on display Monday.

UCF is making its 18th NCAA Championship appearance and seventh in a row. The Knights secured an automatic bid to the tournament thanks to its instant-classic American Athletic Conference Championship shootout against Rutgers to claim the title Sunday on their home field.

The Knights became the first team since 1996-97 and just the third team in NCAA history to win back-to-back tournament titles in two different conferences.

This year marks the seventh time and third consecutive season that UCF has hosted at least one NCAA Tournament round.

Tickets to Saturday's matchup for adults are $8, while admission for college students with a school identification card, youth (2-17) and seniors (55+) is $5. The first 100 UCF students with their student ID will receive free admission. Visit UCFKnights.com or call (407) UCF-1000 to purchase tickets.

Due to an event at CFE Arena, fans attending the game can park for free in Baseball stadium grass lot behind the outfield or the E8 surface lot located off Orion Boulevard, north of Bright House Networks Stadium. Gates to the UCF Soccer Complex will open at 6 p.m. 


 

 

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