Following a disappointing early loss in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the West Virginia women's soccer team learned its path in the NCAA Tournament Monday.
Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and her Mountaineers will face Ivy League Champion Princeton (13-3-1) in a first round match-up in Morgantown. WVU is one of 32 hosts in the 64-team field, but did not receive a seed. It is the third-straight time the Mountaineers will host an NCAA match.
Izzo-Brown believes the opportunity to play their first match at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium will help her team get back on track.
"Obviously being in the Big 12 now and the travel we've had to face, it's really nice that we have this home game and we don't have to get back on the road, because the travel is pretty tough," said Izzo-Brown.
A year ago, WVU fell in the first round against a tough Virginia Tech team. They're looking for a more successful showing this season, but also to rebound from the loss to TCU just last week.
"I know we've been talking a lot as a team that we've got to look at the last game and look at it and move forward," said Izzo-Brown.
The match will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Morgantown.
Should WVU advance, it would travel to Provo, Utah for second- and third-round matches on Nov. 16 and 18.
West Virginia finished its season 11-4-4 overall with a 7-0-1 showing in the Big 12.