Women’s soccer draws #2 in NCAA Tournament; host NSU/UWF

Women’s soccer draws #2 in NCAA Tournament; host NSU/UWF

2016 NCAA DII Women's Soccer Bracket

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's soccer team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Region and will host No. 3 Nova Southeastern and No. 6 West Florida this weekend, Nov. 11 and 13, at University Soccer Field for the first and second round.

No. 3 Nova Southeastern and No. 6 West Florida will face off at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 and the winner will face No. 2 Saint Leo at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at University Soccer Field. The remaining team will advance to the next round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament on Nov. 18 and take on the winner of No. 1 Barry/No. 4 Rollins/No. 5 Lee at the highest remaining seed.

"I am proud of these girls and to be able to watch their hard work pay off and get the No. 2 seed in the South Region, let alone make our way to the NCAA tournament, it's unbelievable," Head Coach Ged O'Connor stated after the selection show Monday evening. "The hard work is yet to come but I know these girls can live up to it and we will see that come Sunday when we face the winner of 3 and 6."

The winner of the South Region will square off with the winner of the Southeast Region on Nov. 20 at the South Region winner's field.

The Lions make their way back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. 

O'Connor added, "To make it back to the tournament for these seniors is a great feeling knowing how hard they've worked, hopefully, they continued to get rewarded. We just have to go out, play our soccer and finish the job."

Also in the NCAA tournament from the SSC were Barry, who received the first place seed, and Rollins who was the fourth place seed. This marks the first time since 2013 that there were four SSC teams in the NCAA tournament. 

For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Bracket layout: 
South Regional at Saint Leo
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. -- 3 Nova Southeastern (12-3-3) vs 6 West Florida (16-4)
Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. -- 3/6 winner vs 2 Saint Leo (13-3-1)