WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University women's soccer team, the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season and tournament champions, will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania to compete in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Hawks will face the number-four seed in the region and the 20th ranked team in the country on Friday, November 15. Kickoff at Jeffrey Field is set for 7:30 p.m.
"We are proud to be representing the MAAC in the NCAA Tournament," stated Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner, the 2013 MAAC Coach of the Year, who is guiding the Hawks to the NCAA's for a third time (2007, 2009, 2013). "It is very exciting to be competing at this point in the season. Our players will embrace the challenge and be ready to compete Friday night."
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.
The Hawks, who rank 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). [NCAA stats are through Sunday's games 11/10]
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.
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