Women’s Soccer: NCAA Tournament Semifinal Information

The Capital University women's soccer team poses following its NCAA Tournament sectional final victory on penalty kicks at No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis. (Sid Hastings/Washington University photo).
The Capital University women's soccer team poses following its NCAA Tournament sectional final victory on penalty kicks at No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis. (Sid Hastings/Washington University photo).

 

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The Capital University women's soccer team will take on No. 3 William Smith (N.Y.) in an NCAA Division III Tournament semifinal on Friday, Dec. 6, at 12 p.m. EST (11 a.m. CST) at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas.

 

The winner of Friday's match takes on the winner of the No. 13 Middlebury (Vt.)-No. 2 Trinity (Texas) semifinal match on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST) for the national championship.

 

The Crusaders (19-4-2 overall) are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, winning nine in a row before tying top-ranked Washington (Mo.) on Sunday at the NCAA sectional final in St. Louis. Capital advanced to the national semifinals after eliminating the Bears on penalty kicks, 3-2.

 

After sharing the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championship, the Crusaders won the OAC Tournament title to qualify for their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years and fifth berth all-time.

 

Capital traveled to Whitewater, Wis., and defeated the University of Chicago 1-0 in double overtime on Nov. 16 to reach the NCAA second round for the second time in three years. The Crusaders knocked off No. 16 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1-0, in Milwaukee the next day, becoming the first team in program history to advance to the Round of 16.

 

With a 2-1 victory last Saturday over Thomas More (Ky.), Capital became just the ninth team in school history to finish in the final eight of an NCAA championship. The Crusaders then upset No. 1 Washington to become the institution's first team to reach a national semifinal since the 1996-97 women's basketball team.

 

William Smith (21-1), a member of the Liberty League, is located in Geneva, N.Y. The Herons, who hosted both the first and second rounds and their sectional, have shut out each opponent it has faced in the NCAA Tournament so far.

 

After a 5-0 victory over Cabrini (Pa.) to start the tournament, William Smith recorded three straight 1-0 wins over Oneonta (N.Y.), No. 15 TCNJ and No. 7 Ithaca (N.Y.). The Herons haven't allowed a goal since Sept. 28 and their only loss came in their season opener at TCNJ on Aug. 30.

 

Capital will depart Columbus for San Antonio next Wednesday and arrive late that afternoon. The Crusaders will practice and take part in NCAA programming on Thursday before playing in Friday's semifinal.

 

Check back early next week for more coverage of Capital's magical run to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. See the links above for more information on purchasing tickets and Toyota Field, the site of both semifinal matches and the championship game.