Big Rapids, Mich. - Ticket prices and match times have been set for the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament, which will be hosted by Ferris State University this week in Big Rapids.
The Bulldogs will be the number three seed for the Midwest Regional and play host to first and second round national tournament action in the sub-region this Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 8 & 10, at the Bulldog Soccer Field.
As the number three overall seed, the Bulldogs along with top-seeded rival Grand Valley State both earned the right to host first and second-round tourney action.
FSU will square off against sixth-seeded McKendree (Ill.) in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 8, with second-seeded Ohio Valley meeting seventh-seeded Ashland in the other first-round matchup. The first contest between OVU and Ashland starts at 11 a.m. (ET) with the FSU-McKendree tilt set for a 2 p.m. (ET) start. The winners will play in round two on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ET).
Tickets for the NCAA Tournament will go on sale beginning Wednesday at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The box office is open from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. In addition, tickets will be sold on gameday starting one hour prior to the first contest at the Bulldog Soccer Field.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children along with college students of the competing teams with a valid ID card. Children age two and under are free. The prices are based per day.
The first 200 FSU students with a valid ID card will get in free beginning one hour prior to the Bulldogs' match on Thursday. For additional ticket details, please call (231) 591-2888.
Ferris State will be making its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid after narrowly missing the field a year ago. FSU, which is coached by head coach Andy McCaslin, is presently a school all-time best 15-3-3 overall this campaign and finished as the runner-up during both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament this year. This past weekend, the Bulldogs made their first-ever appearance in the GLIAC Tournament title match and reached the conference tournament for the ninth consecutive year.
The NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee announced the field of 56 teams for the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship. The Atlantic, South and South Central regions received six championship berths. The Southeast and West regions received seven championship berths. The Central, East and Midwest regions received eight championship berths. Championship berths were determined based on the number of institutions sponsoring the sport in each region.
The two finalists in each subregion will advance to third- and quarterfinal-round competition to be played Thursday, Nov. 15 or Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 or Sunday, Nov. 18. The semifinals and championship games will take place Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh hosted by Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and SportsPITTSBURGH.
Here are the quarterfinal-round pairings for the 2018 NCAA-II Regional Tournament contests:
Hosted by Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan – Nov. 8 & 10
Thursday, Nov. 8 - First Round
No. 2 Ohio Valley (16-2-3) vs. No. 7 Ashland (10-4-5), 11 a.m. (ET)
No. 3 Ferris State (15-3-3) vs. No. 6 McKendree (13-4-1), 2 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, Nov. 10 - Second Round
First Round Winners, 12 p.m. (ET)
Winner of the second round matchup advances to round three on Nov. 16