Thursday, December 2, 2021

Team gets first invite to NCAA tournament

November 12, 2002
University of Detroit Mercy forward Kathy Banjavcic holds onto MSU defense Nina Mastracci while she runs after the ball during the MSU vs. Detroit women —

After falling in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, the MSU women's soccer team got a bit of good news Monday.

The Spartans (12-6-2 overall, 5-4-2 Big Ten) were selected to their first NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in the 17-year history of the program.

"It feels awesome," head coach Tom Saxton said in a written statement. "It has been a hard week, as you can imagine. I had a lot of faith in the committee and I did feel that our team deserved to be in. I feel satisfied."

The Spartans will go up against Miami (Ohio) on Friday in Ann Arbor. Game time has not been announced. If the Spartans advance to the next round, they will face the winner of the Michigan-Oakland game on Sunday.

MSU is among six Big Ten teams to make the field of 64; Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin all were selected.

MSU hosted the Women's Big Ten Soccer Tournament last week and fell to Wisconsin 1-0 in the first night game in the 46-year history of Old College Field.

The loss was only the second at home this season.

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