Old Dominion Women's Soccer Travels to Wake Forest for First Round

November 06, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 6, 2006

NORFOLK, VA - The Lady Monarch soccer team will travel to Winston-Salem, NC for its first ever NCAA tournament appearance on Friday. ODU (17-4-1) is slated to play against Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up and host Wake Forest (15-5-1). Should the Lady Monarchs advance they will play the winner of the No. 8 West Virginia/Virginia matchup on Sunday.

The Lady Monarchs enter the NCAA Tournament having received the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid last weekend. After nearly shutting out Northeastern in the quarter-final, who scored with one tick left on the clock, the Lady Monarchs fought back to tie nationally ranked William & Mary in the semi's. Winning on penalty kicks, the ODU advanced to the finals and won in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 overtime victory over James Madison University.

The Demon Deacons were ranked 18th in the most recent NSCAA/adidas national rankings with another tally slated to release tomorrow. They have added a win and a loss in penalty kicks in the ACC Tournament to their season record since last weeks vote. Wake fell to Number 13 Tennessee last season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Joe Pereira will be treading in unknown waters in his 12th year at the helm for the Lady Monarchs. Pereira was a frequent visitor to the NCAA Tournament on the Division III circuit but, this will be his first trip to the Division I tournament.

"It's a great draw. We're not unhappy with the draw. We're ready," said Pereira of his Lady Monarchs. The Monarchs have six ranked foes in the same bracket including two in its sub-regional. The six ranked schools are No. 1 North Carolina, No. 8 West Virginia, No. 11 Texas A &M, No. 14 William & Mary, No. 18 Wake Forest, and No. 22 Louisville.

ODU enters the tournament with a record 17 wins and 10 shutouts. An offensive ball club, the Lady Monarchs have yet to be shutout. Also, the soccer team is 3-0-1 in overtime and is 10-0 in non-conference action this season.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday. If Pereira's team advances they will play at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 12 in Winston-Salem.