Minnesota State earned the No. 2 seed in the Central Region tournament of the 2016 NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Championship, as announced by the NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Committee on Monday evening.
As one of the top two seeds in the Central Region, Minnesota State will be hosting first and second round matches at The Pitch in Mankato, Minn. The first round match — featuring No. 3-seeded Fort Hays State (14-4-2) and No. 6-seeded Harding (11-6-2) — will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. CT. Minnesota State (16-3-2), which receives a first-round bye, will face the winner of Fort Hays and Harding on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CT.
The Mavericks garnered 1-of-22 automatic qualifiers into the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2016 NSIC Women’s Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Minot, N.D. Minnesota State recorded three consecutive shutout victories in the conference tournament, including a 1-0 win over Augustana in Sunday’s NSIC Tournament Championship match.
Sophomore defender Abby Hausken was named to the 2016 NSIC All-Tournament Team and earned NSIC Tournament MVP honors. Three Maverick student-athletes joined Hausken on the all-tournament team: senior midfielder Dana Savino, freshman midfielder Alesha Duccini, and junior defender Abby Nordeen.
The other side of the Central Region bracket is filled out by No. 4-seeded Central Oklahoma (14-6-1), No. 5-seeded Minot State (16-2-1) and No. 1-seeded Central Missouri (19-1-0).
Minnesota State and Minot State are the only two NSIC institutions represented in the Central Region tournament.
The Mavericks, who are making their 11th NCAA DII Tournament appearance, are 6-9-3 in NCAA Tournament play. Last season, Minnesota State reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen before falling to Central Missouri 1-0.