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WVU Earns No. 2 Seed, Hosts Bucknell in First Round of NCAA Tournament

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The WVU women's soccer team is set to host Bucknell on Saturday, November 11 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone) The WVU women's soccer team is set to host Bucknell on Saturday, November 11 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

MORGANTOWN – The No. 5-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer learned its post-season fate on Monday evening. The Mountaineers are the No. 2 seed in the Palo Alto region and will host Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This is the 18th consecutive season WVU has reached the NCAA Tournament.

“Couldn’t be more excited to get a No. 2 seed in the tournament, we’re looking forward to playing Bucknell. Obviously, they are a conference championship opponent, they are going to be a tough opponent but we’re excited that we will see them in Morgantown,” said WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.

Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between West Virginia and Bucknell. Bucknell is the Patriot League Women's Soccer Tournament Champion for the second year in a row. In 2016, the Bison fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Penn State 6-0.

WVU’s run in the 2017 Big 12 Soccer Championship ended on Saturday in the semifinal round. The Mountaineers earned a 1-1 (2OT) draw against TCU but was edged 5-3 in a penalty-kick shootout.

“I thought Wednesday we played our best game yet. I thought against Texas Tech we came out and showed the confidence and ability to play to our full potential and we just have to match that. I know that this team understands we didn’t perform that way on Friday, but we need to look back to that Wednesday matchup and know that’s the ingredients for our success and just keep striving for that performance,” Izzo-Brown said.

The 2016 National Runner-up Mountaineers (15-3-2) and Bison (12-8) are set to meet on Saturday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I can’t stress it enough how awesome Mountaineer Nation has always been to women’s soccer, we are going to ask them to continue that praise and support,” Izzo-Brown added. “Most importantly, to get to do what we do at Dick Dlesk is always a special and a magical place because our fans.”

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