– The Georgetown University women's soccer team (17-0-3) earned the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, announced on Monday afternoon. The Hoyas, ranked No. 4 in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, will host Central Connecticut State (16-1-2) for an opening round matchup at Shaw Field on Saturday at noon. This marks the squad's ninth overall tournament appearance, all under Head Coach Dave Nolan
On Sunday, the top-seeded Georgetown women's soccer team clinched its third-consecutive BIG EAST Championship title at Shaw Field. The Blue & Gray shut out No. 2-seeded Butler (13-6-1, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) 1-0 to claim the victory. Georgetown became the first team in the league to three-peat since Notre Dame (1995-2001) and has claimed the conference's automatic berth.
Georgetown will be making its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the eighth in the last nine years. The squad has an RPI of 4 in the most recent report.
Last season, the Hoyas tied with Wake Forest 0-0 in double overtime in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, but then failed to advance in penalty kicks 2-1 to end the season. The then-No. 15 ranked Blue & Gray finished the season with a 14-3-3 overall record and won the BIG EAST Regular Season and Championship titles. The tournament win was the program's first back-to-back tournament championship and the first time that the Hoyas won the regular season and the tournament in the same season, becoming just the fourth team in the league to do so. Additionally, senior Arielle Schechtman
(Del Mar, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day / UCLA) set the school record with the most shutouts (17) in a single season.
In 2016, the Hoyas advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history and lost to eventual national champion Southern California 1-0 in a national semifinal. Georgetown finished the season with a 20-3-3 overall record and won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship for the first time in program history. The team set the program records for wins (20), shutouts (17) and goals (61) scored in a season.
Georgetown made its first NCAA appearance in 2007, falling to William & Mary 2-1 in the first round. In 2010, the Blue & Gray advanced to the Elite Eight after a win over Siena (5-1), a 1-1 draw against Maryland, advancing 4-2 in penalty kicks, and a win at Minnesota (1-0). The run ended with a 2-0 loss to Ohio State.
In 2012, GU beat Virginia Tech, 3-2, in overtime in the first round, before losing to Baylor in the second round, a 2-1 overtime loss. In 2013, the Hoyas hosted LaSalle in the first round and posted a 2-0 win before losing to top-seeded Virginia 1-0 in the second round. In 2014, GU advanced in penalty kicks at West Virginia in the first round and lost in overtime at Virginia Tech in the second round.
Central Connecticut won the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship on Sunday, defeating Saint Francis University 2-1 to solidify an automatic bid into the national tournament. The Blue Devils earned the victory with less than two minutes left to play. CCSU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 16-1-2 overall record, going a perfect 8-0 against NEC opponents during the regular season. The Blue Devils are currently on a 10-game winning streak.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting between the Hoyas and the Blue Devils. The winner of the Georgetown-Central Connecticut match will advance to the second round, playing the winner of a match between Washington State and Montana.
Tickets to the First Round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament being played at Shaw Field on Saturday, November 10 are now available. Visit WeAreGeorgetown.com/tickets to purchase.