Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Monmouth Women's Soccer To Face Virginia In NCAA Tournament

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  November 08, 2016
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University women’s soccer team, the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions, will play Virginia in the NCAA Tournament this Friday, November 11th, at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, VA.

The Hawks, who are unbeaten in their last 12 matches (11-0-1), won their second MAAC Championship with a convincing 5-2 win over Quinnipiac on Sunday evening. Madie GibsonRachael Ivanicki and Rachelle Ross each were responsible for two goals over the weekend and were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts. Miranda Konstantinides, who scored twice in Sunday’s title game, was named Tournament MVP.

Monmouth returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013 when it played at Penn State (L, 3-0). The Hawks played against the Nittany Lions in 2007, a 4-0 loss in State College, Pa., and at Maryland in 2009 (L, 4-0).

Virginia (13-4-2, 6-2-2 ACC) is unbeaten at Klöckner Stadium this season with a 10-0-1 record and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament after losing its quarterfinal game of the ACC Championships at North Carolina, 3-0, on Oct. 30. The Cavaliers are led offensively by ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, Alexis Shaffer, who also earned All-ACC First Team honors. Shaffer led the team with 11 goals and six assists, good for 28 points and the senior currently has 98 career points, including 35 goals. Senior defender Kristen McNabb, a Montville, NJ, native was a Second Team All-ACC pick after the Hoos posted 10 shutouts.

The contest will be the first meeting all-time between the two teams.

The winner of the game will move on to play the winner of Penn State versus Bucknell. Click here to view the entire bracket.

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