PBA Women's Soccer Stamps Ticket to NCCAA National Tournament
November 26, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
GREENVILLE, S.C.- The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer program has been announced as the No. 9-seed in the upcoming NCCAA National Tournament to be held Dec. 2-7 at Austin Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Fla. The Sailfish will begin pool play with a match versus No. 1-seed Lee (Tenn.) University on Monday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm.
The Sailfish will make their fourth trip in the past five seasons to the NCCAA National Tournament after clinching the South Region Championship and earning the automatic bid. The team did not compete in a regional tournament this season as no other teams qualified.
This year’s tournament is being played with a pool-play format unlike years past where teams were eliminated from national championship contention with a loss. This season there will be three pools of three teams each with the three leading teams being joined by the top second-place for a final four of competition.
Joining Palm Beach Atlantic and Lee in Pool A is No. 6-seed Dallas Baptist University who the ‘Fish will face-off against on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm. From that point the pool play champions will be reseeded with the semi-finals of the tournament taking place on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7.
Lee University is a provisional member of NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. They boast a 14-3-1 record entering the NCCAA National Tournament against the 8-6-2 Sailfish. Dallas Baptist, another NCAA II member, is 14-6-1.
PBA’s most successful run at the NCCAA National Championship Tournament took place during the 2010 season when head coach James Kryger led his team to the national title game versus Spring Arbor University. The Sailfish would be defeated by the Cougars in penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie and would settle for a national runner-up finish.
Event tickets are available for spectators at the entrance of Austin Tindall Park. Week passes, 3-day and 2-day passes as well as a day passes are available for purchase.
Online broadcasts of the event are also expected to be offered through the NCCAA with more information coming soon.