NCAA — The 2018 Division II women's soccer championship bracket will be announced Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the link provided here after the conclusion of the men's selection show beginning at 6 p.m.
Fifty-six teams will receive bids, separated into eight different six, seven or eight team regionals, with SVSU Women's Soccer team in the hopes of finding their way into the Midwest Regional bracket.
Current top-10 teams for the regional rankings as of Oct. 28 are as follows:
|School:||Overall Record||Region Record|
|1||Grand Valley St.||17-0-1||16-0-1|
The Cardinals are coming in as #4 in midwest regional rankings as of Oct. 28. The leader of the National United Soccer Coaches Poll is currently Grand Valley State, which took the title in 2013,14 and 15, and leads the pack for the national title once again. On Oct. 12, the Lady Cards pushed the Lakers into overtime for only their second time in the 2018 season, falling 2-1.
Automatic qualifiers for the tournament due to winning their respective conferences include Grand Valley State, Ohio Valley and Rockhurst University.
For first- and second-round competition, in regions with six berths, teams will be paired in their respective region with the No. 4 seed playing the No. 5 seed and the No. 3 seed facing the No. 6 seed Friday, Nov. 9. The winner of the No. 4/5 seed game will advance to play the No. 1 seed and the winner of the No. 3/6 seed game will take on the No. 2 seed on Sunday, Nov. 11. In regions with seven berths, the No. 2 seed will play the No. 7 seed in the first round. In regions with eight berths, the first-round matchups will also feature the No. 1 seed vs. No. 8 seed.
Early-round games will be played on campus of participating institutions and will consist of two sites per region. The two finalists in each region will advance to third- and quarterfinal-round competition to be played Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 17-18, respectively.
The semifinals and championship game will be played Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The last four remaining teams will be reseeded before the semifinal round.
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