Six Southeastern Conference teams earned bids to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday afternoon. It marks the fifth time in the last six years that six or more SEC teams have advanced to NCAA play. Last year a record eight squads participated in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida, which won the regular season conference title as well as the SEC Tournament championship, earned a No. 2 national seed and will host Florida Gulf Coast at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 9. The winner of the UF/FGC matchup will meet either Miami (Fla.) or UCF.
Texas A&M, which earned the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament, plays host to Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 9, in College Station. The winner advances to meet the winner of No. 4 seeded Ohio State and Oakland.
In its first year under the direction of head coach Brian Pensky, the Tennessee Lady Vols are hosting Miami (Ohio) in a Sunday, Nov. 11, afternoon match. The second round matchup for the Tennessee-Miami winner would be either No. 3 seeded Duke or Loyola Marymount.
Kentucky will be making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when the Wildcats host UT Martin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 9. The winner of the Wildcats/Skyhawks match advances to meet either No. 3 seeded UCLA or Wisconsin in the second round.
Missouri will be making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance when they play host to rival Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 10. If the Tigers advance to the second round, the opponent would be the winner of the first round matchup between No. 2 seeded North Carolina and Radford.
Auburn, which made its second consecutive appearance in the SEC Tournament finals on Sunday, will travel to Seattle, Wash., where the Tigers will meet the University of Washington in the first round on Friday, Nov. 9. The winner meets either No. 1 seeded BYU or Utah State in the second round.
The field of 64 teams will be whittled down to four over the course of the month of November. The 31st annual Women’s College Cup will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.