Cougars to host Montana in first round of NCAA women’s soccer

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       Michigan State in 2015 was ranked 54th in RPI yet still made the NCAA tournament

For the fifth time in six years, the Arkansas soccer team is among the 64 teams that were selected Monday afternoon to compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament.

The first national semifinal will be played and broadcast live on ESPNU at 4 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 30, followed by the second semifinal beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. CT live on ESPNU.

A few Thomas seniors were freshmen on the last Terrier team to make the NCAA tournament three years ago. Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri and North Carolina's Anson Dorrance are the only two head coaches to appear in every NCAA Tournament since 1995.

"I think we worked our way to a two seed - about a month ago it wasn't looking like that and we were hoping to just keep getting results and put ourselves in a good position to host as long as we can", said coach Amanda Cromwell.

There was an excitement in the air as the women's soccer waited in anticipation of their NCAA Championship bid.

Sunday, Colby defeated Williams on penalty kicks to win its first New England Small College Athletic Conference championship.

It was the first time in SEC history that a team playing in the first round of the tournament claimed the title. The Bulls won the AAC regular season title but fell in the AAC Tournament title game to the University of Memphis.

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The Falcons beat Ball State in a tense MAC championship game Sunday at Cochrane Stadium, their home field.

Janessa Fowler was named tournament MVP, while Taryn Miller, Alexa Coyle, Taylor Hansen and Claire Howard were all voted to the all-tournament team.

This year has been filled with ups and downs for WSU as it was the only remaining undefeated team through 10 games, reaching No. 7 in the rankings until a five-game losing streak sent the Cougars on a downturn.

Bowling Green enters Friday's game 14-4-3 on the season. The Eagles carry a 15-3-2 overall record into the tournament.

However, WSU regrouped with a 1-0 win over then-No.

Coyle scored in the 63rd minute to bring Montana within a goal, but Maegan O'Neill answered less than eight minutes later with an insurance goal for Washington State, which had a 20-7 advantage in shots.

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