Nov. 10, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - One day after capturing their second Southern Conference women's soccer championship in their celebrated 10-year history, the Western Carolina Catamounts (13-7-2, 9-2-0 SoCon) learned of their first-round destination Monday night amidst nearly 75 supporters at the Hinds University Center theater. WCU will face Atlantic Coast Conference champion, North Carolina, on Friday in the opening round of its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
WCU and UNC will be in the first of two matches -- all of which involve conference champions -- on Friday with kickoff set for 5:00 pm at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The second of the two first round matches features Charlotte (17-3-1) and Tennessee (10-10-2), with the two squaring off in the nightcap Friday at 7:30 pm.
Friday's match will mark the second time the two teams have squared off. Top-seeded North Carolina edged Western, 2-0, back in 2005 in the Catamounts' first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. Both the Catamounts and the Tar Heels earned their respective conference's automatic bids into the field of 64 by winning their conference championships.
Last Sunday afternoon, Western Carolina women's soccer team battled 110 minutes of scoreless play before finishing off the top-seeded UNC Greensboro on penalty kicks, 2-0, to win the program's second SoCon Championship. The win on PK's was the Catamounts second shootout victory in their last three matches.
Due to construction at UNC's Fetzer Field, fans are encouraged to buy tickets online through the print-at-home ticket option, and be permitted to enter at any gate.
However, if you do not choose to purchase your tickets in advance you will need to proceed to the ticket trailer at the Eddie Smith Field House parking lot to purchase tickets. This will be the only location where tickets will be sold on game day, and only cash will be accepted on game day.
The closest available parking to the ticket trailer at the Eddie Smith Field House is the Ram's Head Parking Deck.
WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 will host a special edition of its weekly, interactive sports talk show, "In the Litterbox" on Tuesday night (Nov. 11) at 7:00 pm with members from the women's soccer team and head coach Tammy DeCesare
. The show also be heard online at www.WWCUFM.com.