2010 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship Bracket
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 10-team BIG EAST women's soccer championship field has been set with Notre Dame and Marquette earning No. 1 seeds. Georgetown and West Virginia earned No. 2 seeds, while Rutgers and USF earned No. 3 seeds. All six teams earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Connecticut and DePaul earned No. 4 seeds and will host No. 5 seeds Louisville and Pittsburgh in first-round action this week.
Marquette (14-3-2, 11-0-0 BIG EAST) won the league's American Division and secured the No. 1 seed. The Golden Eagles won the American Division for the second straight year and earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. For the first time in program history, Marquette went unbeaten and untied in BIG EAST play, the only team in the league to do so. The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 16/16 in the national polls, will play the winner of the No. 5 American/No. 4 National match on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Valley Fields.
Notre Dame (15-1-2, 9-0-2 BIG EAST) won the league's National Division and secured the No. 1 seed out of the National Division. The Irish won the National Division for the sixth straight year and earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame will play the winner of the No. 5 National/No. 4 American match on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Alumni Stadium. Overall the Irish have won 13 regular-season BIG EAST titles. With Sunday's 1-1 double-overtime draw at Georgetown, Notre Dame lengthened its NCAA Division I-record unbeaten streak against conference opponents to 77 consecutive matches (72-0-5), while extending its current unbeaten streak this season to 13 matches (11-0-2). Notre Dame is ranked No. 4/5 in the national polls.
Georgetown (13-5-1, 7-3-1 BIG EAST) is the No. 2 seed in the National Division and earned a bye to the quarterfinals. The Hoyas posted a 1-1 double-overtime draw at home against No. 4/5 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon. It was the school's first tie against Notre Dame and improved Georgetown to 16-1-1 all-time against the Irish.
The Hoyas will host American Division No. 3 seed USF (11-4-3, 6-3-2 BIG EAST) on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. ET. The Bulls earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in school history.
West Virginia (13-4-1, 9-1-1 BIG EAST) is the No. 2 seed in the American Division and earned a bye to the quarterfinals. The Mountaineers are coming off a 3-0 victory over UConn on Sunday afternoon to improve to 3-11-3 all-time against the Huskies. West Virginia also is riding a program record-tying nine-game win streak and ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll.
West Virginia will face National Division No. 3 seed Rutgers (10-8-1, 5-5-1 BIG EAST) on Sunday, Oct. 31. The Scarlet Knights earned a bye to the quarterfinals as well. Last season the teams met in the quarterfinals of the league tournament in Piscataway, N.J., with West Virginia coming away with a 1-0 victory.
DePaul (10-8-2, 5-6-0 BIG EAST) is the No. 4 seed in the National Division and will host American Division No. 5 seed Pittsburgh (7-10-2, 4-6-1) in a matchup that will see a team advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Panthers are making their first appearance in the league tournament since 2008 and is 0-4-0 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play. DePaul is making just its second appearance in the tournament following last year's 1-0 road loss in the first-round.
The other 4/5 contest has American Division No. 4 seed Connecticut (8-8-3, 4-5-2 BIG EAST) taking on National Division No. 5 seed Louisville (10-8-0, 4-7-0 BIG EAST). UConn leads the all-time series 1-0-1 against the Cardinals, but the two team's have never met in postseason play. The game will take place on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
This year the league's 10-team women's soccer tournament will culminate at Rutgers' Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., on Nov. 5 & 7. All three games will be televised on CBS College Sports, while the title game also will be seen on numerous regional sports networks, including SNY (SportsNet New York). The title game also will be streamed live online for free at www.bigeast.tv