A day after winning a third straight Big East title and extending its unbeaten streak to 20 matches, the Georgetown women’s soccer team continued its triumphant run Monday by receiving a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Hoyas (17-0-3) were braced for a No. 2, but when the 64-team field was announced, they joined defending champion Stanford, ACC champion Florida State and perennial power North Carolina in the top tier.
Baylor’s loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 final Sunday appeared to bolster Georgetown’s tournament outlook. Both Baylor and West Virginia are No. 2 seeds, along with UCLA and Tennessee.
Georgetown will host Central Connecticut State (16-1-2) at noon Saturday and, with a victory, would stage a four-team cluster Nov. 16-18 at Shaw Field. Dave Nolan’s team is also on track to host a quarterfinal. The College Cup (final four) will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Cary, N.C.
Two years ago, the Hoyas advanced to the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion Southern California.
The other pairings in Georgetown’s section of the bracket are Washington State vs. Montana, Mississippi State vs. Lipscomb and fourth-seeded Duke vs. Rutgers.
Virginia (15-4-0) received a No. 3 seed and will host Monmouth (16-3-1) this weekend. With three victories, the Cavaliers would probably face Baylor (17-5-0) in the quarterfinals.
Howard, which has won 11 straight and is 12-6-2 after winning the Southwestern Athletic trophy Sunday, will visit 21-time champion North Carolina (17-3-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Virginia Tech (9-7-3) received an at-large berth and will visit fourth-seeded Texas (13-4-3), while Big South champion Radford (16-2-1, including 11 consecutive victories) will go to West Virginia (14-4-3).