KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team has found out its fate. The Golden Bears (16-3-1 overall) were selected as the four seed of the Atlantic Regional in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, as was announced on Monday, Nov. 6.
KU has now earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in seven of the last nine years.
As the four seed, Kutztown will square off with fifth seed Notre Dame (OH) in the First Round of the Atlantic Regional at West Chester University on Friday, Nov. 10 at a time yet to be determined. The
Golden Rams are the region’s top seed and will take on the winner of the Golden Bears-Falcons matchup in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Kutztown and Notre Dame have never met on the soccer field. The Falcons joined NCAA’s Division II in 2011 after being a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Golden Bears defeated West Chester 2-0 during the regular season on Sept. 27.
All three of these teams competed in the Atlantic Regional Tournament in 2016. KU beat West Chester in the Atlantic Regional Final, and Notre Dame fell to East Stroudsburg in the First Round.
After falling to the Warriors 1-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) semifinals on Nov. 2, Kutztown will look to start another win streak, and make another postseason run as it did last year.
In 2016, KU won three NCAA tournament games on its way to the Final Four, where it fell to eventual NCAA champion Western Washington. Before last year, the Maroon and Gold had only won one other NCAA tournament match, in the First Round in 2013.
Kutztown has tied program-records for wins during the regular season (15) and PSAC wins (13) this season.
On the other side of the Atlantic Regional bracket, second-seeded East Stroudsburg will host the winner of the First Round matchup between the third seed and Mountain East Conference champion West Virginia Wesleyan and sixth-seeded Gannon.
The Second Round winners will advance to the Third Round on Friday, Nov. 17, which will be hosted by the highest-remaining seed in the Atlantic Regional. The winner of the Atlantic Regional will then play the winner of the East Regional in the Quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the same site of the Third Round.