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- The Monmouth University women's soccer team, the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Regular Season and Tournament Champions, travels to No. 24 Penn State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field, on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
"Our team has been very diligent in its approach all season," stated head coach Krissy Turner
. "Their reward for that mentality is to compete on the national stage Friday night. We are excited, and prepared for the challenge."
The Hawks, who ended the regular season on a 14-game unbeaten streak, claimed the MAAC Women's Soccer Championship trophy, and improved to 17-1-2 overall. The Hawks, who have not allowed a goal in the last 763:58 minutes of game action, set a new program-record with 16 shutouts, including eight straight clean sheets, and tied a school-record with 17 victories so far.
Monmouth, which ranks first in the NCAA in shutout percentage (0.800) and goals-against-average (0.293), earned the MAAC regular season championship with an 8-0-2 mark in league play, and hold the nation's third-best win-loss-tie percentage (0.900).
Monmouth has outscored its opposition 39-6 over its 20 games and has registered a 0.29 goals against average during that span.
Top-seeded Monmouth earned the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional by virtue of its 2-0 victory over No. 2 seed Fairfield in the league's championship game in Orlando. Monmouth, which won NEC titles in 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2009, is making its third overall NCAA appearance in program history.
Penn State, one of eight teams to qualify out of the Big Ten Conference, fell in the league semifinals, and carries a 14-6-1 overall record. The Nittany Lions boast the nation's fourth-best scoring offense (2.71) and rank fifth in the country in points (7.86). PSU's Maya Hayes ranks sixth individually in total goals (19) and points (43). Last season, Penn State advanced to the NCAA Championship game.
The Monmouth-Penn State winner would advance to face the winner of Wake Forest (10-6-2)-Morehead State (10-10-1) on November 22.
Fans can purchase tickets for Friday's game by calling 1-800-NITTANY or in-person on game day. Tickets prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for groups of 20 or more. Fans are encouraged to arrive at Jeffrey Field early to purchase tickets for this event. Two ticket windows will be open at the main entrance on the University Drive side as well as an additional ticket window at the entrance on the Beaver Stadium side of the field.
Fans attending Friday night's game are advised to use the grass lot adjacent to Jeffrey Field for parking. This lot can be accessed from the Park Avenue entrance at the Stadium West light or off of University Drive just before the light at Curtin Road. In order to access the grass parking lot, fans should tell the parking attendant they are attending the soccer matches.
Monmouth University Athletics will be hosting a viewing party of the match in the Varsity Club (3rd floor of the MAC) on Friday night, starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Eddy Occhipinti at firstname.lastname@example.org
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