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Great Tournament Field Set for NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
Qualifying teams for this year's national title event include past champions Tyler Junior College, Texas (2009) and Monroe Community College, N.Y. (2004, 2005). Among the eight teams advancing to Florida, two enter the tournament without a loss to their record. Also, half of the squads in this year’s bracket are making their first-ever appearance in the national tournament.
Fans can watch all the action from the Viera Regional Park in Melbourne as all games will be video streamed live on NJCAA TV (www.njcaatv.ihigh.com) thanks to tournament hosts Brevard Community College and Space Coast Sports. Fans will also be able to watch games live online at www.spacecoastsportstv.com.
Tournament updates and information can be found at www.spacecoastsports.com/2011njcaasoccer. Additional information can be found on the NJCAA DI Women's Soccer Championship webpage.
Here is a quick glance at this year’s tournament qualifiers (complete game schedule is available here)…
DISTRICT A – Blanking Cisco College (Texas) 3-0, Scottsdale Community College won the District A championship and booked their first ever trip to the national tournament. With a 20-0-1 record in 2011, the Fighting Artichokes enter as the No. 2-seed. Freshman goalie Tori Stocker has had an impressive season, giving up only 10 goals in 21 matches this season. In their first round match, Scottsdale will face-off against No. 7-seed Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa at 10 a.m.
DISTRICT B – It required a 5-4 victory in penalty kicks, but Butler Community College (Kan.) pulled out a victory over Laramie CCC (Wyo.) for the District B championship. The Grizzlies are heading to their first ever national tournament with a 19-3-1 record this season. With six players recording 11 or more goals this season, Butler’s balanced attack gives them a variety of options offensively. As the No. 4-seed, Butler will take on No. 5-seed Harford CC (Md.) in the first round at 2 p.m.
DISTRICT C – Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa is going to their first ever national tournament after claiming the District C title with a 2-1 victory over Lewis & Clark College (Ill.). The Mavericks are 13-4-1 this season behind the talents of freshman forward Jade Ovendale. Leading the offensive attack, Ovendale has scored a team-high 21 goals in 2011. The No. 7-seeded Mavericks have their first round match at 10 a.m. against No. 2-seeded Scottsdale CC (Ariz.).
DISTRICT D – Earning their first ever national tournament appearance, Waubonsee Community College (Ill.) defeated Delta College (Mich.) 2-1 in the District D championship. Sophomore forward Maxzine Rossler has led the Chiefs to a 17-6 record this season. Rossler ranks third in Division II in both goals with 34 and points with 83. No. 8-seeded Waubonsee will face a tough first round opponent in top-seeded Tyler JC (Texas) at 4 p.m.
DISTRICT E – The only team going to the national tournament with an unblemished record is Tyler Junior College(Texas). The 21-0-0 Apaches cruised to a 4-1 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast CC to claim the District E championship. With a three-headed beast in net led by sophomore goalie Hideka Shikata, Tyler has only given up nine goals all season. The top-seeded Apaches are seeking their third-consecutive championship game appearance and will start their quest with a first round clash with No. 8-seed Waubonsee CC (Ill.) at 4 p.m.
DISTRICT F – Darton College (Ga.) is returning to the national tournament for the first time since 2008 following a 2-1 win over Brevard CC (Fla.) in the District F championship match. The Cavaliers are 16-2-2 coming into the tournament, riding a six-match winning streak where they’ve outscored opponents 39-3. Darton claims the biggest offensive threat in the tournament in sophomore midfielder Sashanna Campbell. The Division II points leader has 87 on the season and ranks second in goals with 35. In a noontime first round match, No. 3-seeded Darton will face No. 6-seed Monroe CC (N.Y.).
DISTRICT G – One of the most storied programs in NJCAA history, Monroe Community College (N.Y.), is headed to their 27th national tournament in the last 30 seasons. The Tribunes endured 110 minutes of scoreless play before defeating Burlington CC (N.J.) in penalty kicks for the District G championship. Freshman goalie Chloe Crook is a solid presence in net, saving 70-of-78 shots at her goal this season. Seeking their ninth national championship, the Tribunes are seeded No. 6 and will play No. 3-seed Darton College (Ga.) at noon.
DISTRICT H – The 15-1 Harford Community College (Md.) Fighting Owls are the champions of District H after pummeling Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.) 6-1. Returning to the national tournament after missing last year’s cut, the Owls will depend on sophomore midfielder Kristina Rivera. Leading the team in goals and assists, Rivera has totaled 33 points in 2011. Facing No. 4-seeded Butler CC (Kan.), the No. 5-seeded Owls will open their tournament at 2 p.m.
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