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SIUE women's soccer after learning their first-round opponent
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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer team after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title.
EDWARDSVILLE — SIUE women’s soccer will face Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Kentucky is the No. 3 seed in the region, boasting a record of 15-6. Kentucky lost in the Southeastern Conference championship game to Texas A&M but received an at-large bid to the tournament.
“We would have been excited to go anywhere, but it’s exciting to have a chance to play a really good opponent,” Head Coach Derek Burton said. “They run a great program and have a great coach.”
The field is set for 64 teams to compete in a single-elimination tournament with the final round located in Boca Raton, Fla. SIUE’s first round game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and ESPN3.com.
The Cougars advanced to the tournament after their first-ever Ohio Valley Conference championship Sunday, moving their overall record to 13-6-1.
SIUE won a 3-2 overtime decision against Jacksonville State in which they scored three goals in less than 10 minutes to secure their spot in the NCAA tournament.
The Cougars are led by senior Michelle Auer with 10 goals and six assists this season. Auer was named the OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring two goals and recording one assist over two games.
Also named to the All-Tournament team were Marissa Delgado, Kayla Delgado and Samantha Jones.
Six Cougars were recognized by the OVC for their performances during the regular reason. Jones was named to the All-OVC first team, the first SIUE women’s soccer player to receive this honor since joining the conference.
Second team All-OVC honors went to juniors Jennifer Pelley, Katye Skrivan, and Cassidy Sherman.
Freshmen Emily Grahl and Mariah Vollmer were named to the All-Newcomer team.
“We’re excited to keep playing,” Burton said. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the field and starting to prepare for the weekend.”