Who said soccer season is over for Highmark Stadium?
If you didn’t already know, Pittsburgh was selected to host 22 NCAA preliminary and championship events covering the years 2018 through 2022.
Pittsburgh was awarded more NCAA events than any other city.
One of the venues hosting events will be Highmark Stadium, playing host to the NCAA Division II soccer final four and championship games for both men and women in 2018 and 2019.
“We are beyond excited that the NCAA has chosen our city to host these 22 prestigious events,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of sports development for VisitPITTSBURGH. “This announcement is not about any one university, sports venue or organization. It’s about Pittsburgh! The Pittsburgh Bid Committee — which included nine universities, two athletic conferences and nine sports facilities — approached the bid process as a community effort to reintroduce the NCAA to Pittsburgh. And now we look forward to crowning new NCAA champions over the next four years.”
And now, the field is set for both the men’s and women’s tournaments which will conclude at Highmark Stadium on November 29 and December 1 with Final Four semifinal games, then Division II National Championship matches.
Unfortunately, there will not be too many teams that may be coming that may draw local interest, especially on the men’s side. Regardless, this event will provide Pittsburgh with another chance to be in the spotlight — and draw hundreds and thousands of folks to our region — and for many it will be their first chance to see the spectacular sight lines at Highmark Stadium.
Last year’s men’s championship winner, University of Charleston (WV), led by Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC rookie Thomas Vancaeyezeele, are in the field again as a number one seed. So, who knows, maybe Hounds head coach Bob Lilley will have a chance to find the next Vancaeyezeele in this year’s tournament.
Two Pennsylvania teams in the men’s bracket, in the Atlantic Region, are Millersville and West Chester.
In the women’s bracket, there are a few schools from Eastern and Central Pennsylvania in the field including Kutztown, East Stroudsburg, Millersville and Bloomsburg.
The one school in the women’s field that may have the most WPIAL player representation is West Virginia Wesleyan, who have goalkeeper Chelsea Hubner (Plum), Shannon Shawgo (Hopewell), Lauren Baumgartner (Moon), Molly Gorges (Bethel Park) and Marissa Zetty (Belle Vernon) all part of the Mountain East Conference Championship winning team. The Bobcats will be a long-shot to make it to Highmark though, as they drew a six-seed, and will take on Kutztown on Friday in the first-round.
West Virginia Wesleyan Captures MEC Women's Soccer Championship https://t.co/Loe4MOVeCz
— Mountain East Conf. (@TheMountainEast) November 4, 2018
NCAA DIVISION II MEN’s FIELD BY REGION
- Charleston (WV) (16-0-2) *
- West Chester (12-2-4) *
- Notre Dame (OH) (14-3-1)
- Millersville (10-3-5)
- Fort Hays St. (15-2-1) *
- Northeastern St. (14-2-1)
- Adelphi (14-3-2)
- LIU Post (13-4-1) *
- Mercy (12-3-1)
- Le Moyne (13-3-1) *
- Wilmington (DE) (14-1-4)
- Post (11-7-1)
- Tiffin (15-4-0) *
- Southern Ind. (13-3-1) *
- Saginaw Valley (9-2-6)
- Ohio Valley (16-5-0)
- Maryville (MO) (10-4-4)
- Ashland (7-9-3)
- Palm Beach Atl. (18-1-0) *
- Spring Hill (16-1-0)
- Barry (13-3-1) *
- Lynn (11-4-1)
South Central Region
- MSU Texas (16-1-1) *
- Colo. Sch. of Mines (17-1-1) *
- West Tex. A&M (15-2-2)
- Colorado Mesa (13-2-4)
- Young Harris (16-0-0) *
- Lander (14-1-2) *
- Limestone (13-3-1)
- Tusculum (11-6-1)
- Queens (NC) (10-5-1)
- Anderson (SC) (10-4-3)
*Denotes Host Site.
FIRST ROUND WOMEN’S GAMES
Millersville (14-5-0) vs. East Stroudsburg (14-6-1);
*Bloomsburg (15-2-3) vs. Winner of Millersville/East Stroudsburg.
Kutztown (14-4-1) vs. West Va. Wesleyan (13-1-4);
*West Chester (13-4-2) vs. Winner of Kutztown/West Va. Wesleyan.
Minnesota St. (18-2-1) vs. Emporia St. (14-5-1);
*Central Okla. (20-1-0) vs. Okla. Baptist (15-4-1);
Winner of Minnesota St./Emporia St. vs. Winner of Central Okla./Okla. Baptist.
Central Mo. (16-4-1) vs. Augustana (SD) (12-5-3);
*Bemidji St. (17-0-2) vs. Minot St. (13-5-3);
Winner of Central Mo./Augustana (SD) vs. Winner of Bemidji St./Minot St.
Southern N.H. (14-4-2) vs. LIU Post (13-3-3);
*Franklin Pierce (15-1-2) vs. Caldwell (12-6-1);
Winner of Southern N.H./LIU Post vs. Winner of Franklin Pierce/Caldwell.
Mercy (12-3-1) vs. Saint Rose (13-4-3);
*Bridgeport (14-4-1) vs. Stonehill (13-6-0);
Winner of Mercy/Saint Rose vs. Winner of Bridgeport/Stonehill.
Walsh (14-4-1) vs. Saginaw Valley (12-3-4);
*Grand Valley St. (20-0-1) vs. Rockhurst (11-7-2);
Winner of Walsh/Saginaw Valley vs. Winner of Grand Valley St./Rockhurst.
Ohio Valley (16-2-3) vs. Ashland (10-4-5);
*#Ferris St. (15-3-3) vs. McKendree (13-4-1);
Winner of Ohio Valley/Ashland vs. Winner of Ferris St./McKendree.
Lee (13-6-1) vs. Rollins (9-3-5);
*West Florida (20-0-0) vs. Winner of Lee/Rollins.
Mississippi Col. (14-3-0) vs. Nova Southeastern (13-6-1);
*Barry (16-0-1) vs. Winner of Mississippi Col./Nova Southeastern.
Flagler (11-3-2) vs. Limestone (17-2-0);
*Columbus St. (16-0-2) vs. Winner of Flagler/Limestone.
Lander (12-2-2) vs. Lincoln Memorial (14-4-0);
*Carson-Newman (14-4-0) vs. Catawba (13-5-0);
Winner of Lander/Lincoln Memorial vs. Winner of Carson-Newman/Catawba.
South Central Region
Westminster (UT) (15-3-2) vs. DBU (12-5-3);
*Colo. Sch. of Mines (19-1-1) vs. Winner of Westminster (UT)/DBU.
UC-Colo. Springs (15-3-2) vs. Angelo St. (12-6-2);
*West Tex. A&M (15-3-1) vs. Winner of UC-Colo. Springs/Angelo St.
Point Loma (15-1-1) vs. Chico St. (10-1-6);
*UC San Diego (17-2-1) vs. Winner of Point Loma/Chico St.
Western Wash. (16-3-1) vs. Sonoma St. (11-4-4);
*Concordia Portland (14-1-3) vs. Seattle Pacific (12-5-2);
Winner of Western Wash./Sonoma St. vs. Winner of Concordia Portland/Seattle Pacific.
Note: * Denotes host institution.
# Denotes contests will be played Thursday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 10.