Women’s Soccer Gets At-Large Bid

By RILEY PLANT

Despite falling to Hamilton in the first round of the Nescac tournament, the women’s soccer team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday, Nov. 6.

No. 17 Middlebury will travel to MIT to play Western Connecticut State in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 P. M. No. 13 MIT, the host of the regional, will play Castleton in the other first round matchup at 11 A. M., and the winners of first round games will face-off on Sunday at noon for a chance to advance to the final sixteen teams of DIII women’s soccer.

The Panthers fell to Hamilton 1–0, but before that game, they last lost on Sept. 23. In that stretch of time, Middlebury went 8–0–1 to finish third in the Nescac regular season standings. Their regular season performance earned them an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

In addition to Middlebury, Nescac champion Williams, Connecticut College, Hamilton and Tufts also made the tournament.

Western Connecticut State, the Panthers’ first round opponent, earned a berth by winning the Little East Conference Championship.

MIT won the Newmac championship and enters the tournament ranked 13th in the country.

Castleton, whom Middlebury beat 3–0 earlier in the season, earned its spot by winning the North Atlantic Conference.

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