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Nov. 06, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Rock women earn No. 5 seed in soccer

The Slippery Rock University women's soccer team earned the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic Region and will open the NCAA Division II tournament with a game against No. 4 seed Edinboro Friday at California University of Pennsylvania.

California and West Chester earned the top two seeds in the region, despite falling at home in the PSAC playoffs to champion Slippery Rock. Gannon earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 seed West Virginia Wesleyan Friday at West Chester.

The winner of the SRU and Edinboro game will play at California in the second round Sunday, while the winner of the Wesleyan and Gannon game will play at West Chester Sunday.

The winners of Sunday's games will advance to the Round of 16 to meet each other at the highest remaining seed in the region next weekend.

The Rock earned the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after a dominant run through the PSAC playoffs last week, winning three games in four days on the road and outscoring three opponents 8-1.

SRU defeated then regional No. 1 West Chester, 2-1 in the quarterfinals Thursday before defeating No. 6 East Stroudsburg 3-0 in the semifinals Saturday, then No. 2 seed California 3-0 in the title game Sunday.

SRU and Edinboro played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime during the regular season in their only meeting this year. The Fighting Scots were eliminated from the PSAC playoffs by a 2-1 loss to California in the semifinals.

Game times and live coverage options will be available later in the week from:

The SRU men's soccer team season ended Monday night when the NCAA Division II selection committee announced The Rock would not make the national tournament.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.