The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

November 12, 2013

WVU draws Rutgers in first round of NCAA tournament

MORGANTOWN — The Big 12 Conference champion West Virginia women’s soccer team will start its quest for the 2013 NCAA College Cup against Rutgers in the opening round of the NCAA Championship at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers are serving as one of 32 host schools for the first round of the national tournament — the third season under this format. The winner will advance to play the winner of No. 1 seed Virginia Tech and UMBC. The sites will be on-campus at the highest remaining seeds in the second- and third-round portion of the bracket on Nov. 22 and 24.

WVU is 11-4-1 all-time against Rutgers, its former Big East foe. The last meeting resulted in a 1-0 overtime win for the Mountaineers in 2011 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

The two teams met in Morgantown for an exhibition before the 2013 season with the Mountaineers winning 3-0. Senior Frances Silva recorded assists on all three goals.

Rutgers earned an at-large bid following its penalty kick defeat at the hands of UCF in the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. After going scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods, UCF won a shootout, 8-7.

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