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WSU Women's Soccer To Host Illinois In NCAA Soccer Championship Tournament

WSU Women's Soccer will look to advance in the NCAA Tournament as it hosts Illinois on Saturday. WSU Women's Soccer will look to advance in the NCAA Tournament as it hosts Illinois on Saturday.

by Washington State Athletics 

Washington State University received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, the NCAA announced, Monday.

The Cougars (14-3-3, 7-3-1 Pac-12) will host Illinois (10-8-2, 5-5-1 Big Ten) in the first round, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale at wsucougars.com. Prices are $7 (adults), $3 (students, youth 3-18, seniors 65 and over). The first 500 students will be admitted free. Tickets are also available at Lower Soccer Field (cash or check only) beginning at 11:30 a.m., Saturday.

Washington State will participate in its third-straight postseason, a first for the program, and its fifth NCAA Championship in the last-six years. The Cougars earned their bid on the strength of a runner-up finish in the Pac-12, their highest conference placement in the Pac-10/12 era, and a school-record tying 14 victories.

"I'm super excited for our program," Washington State Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. "We've accomplished a lot of firsts this year, including first time going to the NCAA Tournament three years in a row and first time finishing second in the Pac-12. I'm just looking forward to seeing what the tournament has in store for us."

The Cougars are making their eighth appearance in the postseason all-time and their first at home since 2000. Washington State is 6-2-1 against teams in the 2013 field of 64.

The Cougars and Fighting Illini have met once in women's soccer with Illinois winning 2-1 in Knoxville, Tenn., during the 2008 season. Washington State is 2-4-1 all-time against the Big Ten, including a 3-1 win at Wisconsin in the 1994 NCAA First Round (field of 24).

Senior Micaela Castain leads the Pac-12 in goals (11), assists (11) and points (33). Junior Nicole Setterlund (8 goals, 18 points) and sophomore Kourtney Guetlein (8 assists) are also among the conference leaders. Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair leads the Pac-12 with a school-record 12 shutouts and registered a school-record 14 victories.

As a team, Washington State allowed just 68 shots on goal while posting the second-best goals against average in the Pac-12 (0.53) and a school standard for shutouts (14).

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