COLUMBUS, Ohio The 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship bracket will be announced on ESPNews Monday, Nov. 12, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The network can be found on DirecTV at channel 207, Dish Network at channel 142 and some local cable companies also carry the network.

The Ohio State women’s soccer team, 12-8-0 and in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament, is ranked 34th in the final Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) poll prior to the announcement of the of the 64-team NCAA Tournament Field Monday. The RPI is one of the key criteria used in determining the 64-team field. The field consists of 34 at-large teams to go along with the 30 automatic qualifiers who win their conference tournaments.

The Buckeyes, who defeated the RPI’s No. 18 team Indiana for the second time this season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday, are the fourth-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll. And regardless of the outcome of Friday’s semifinal match against Penn State, the No. 1 team in the RPI, Ohio State’s resume for consideration to get into the NCAA Tournament field is bound to improve. Consider:

  • The game against Penn State will be the second in the last week against the RPI’s No. 1 rated team. (Ohio State has also played against the RPI’s No. 2 team: North Carolina.)
  • The semifinal contest also marks the eighth game this year for Ohio State against a team ranked in the current RPI top 20.
  • Three of OSU’s 12 wins are over RPI top 20 teams (two over Indiana and one over San Diego.)
  • Ohio State is 4-5 vs. the 40 teams in the current RPI poll.
  • Overall, Ohio State has played two games vs. the RPI’s No. 1 team PSU and also games against No. 2 UNC, No. 11 San Diego, No. 13 Purdue, two vs. No. 18 Indiana, No. 20 Louisville, No. 35 Duke and No. 36 Illinois.  
  • Ohio State’s 2007 opponents have won 60 percent of their games.

Ohio State’s six seniors tri-captains Amanda Ball, Keiana Mitchell and Lara Dickenmann and Carla Arbulu, Kate Linehan and Alyxandra Portia have had a goal all season to get back into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history and first since the magical run of 2004 that carried the team to the Elite 8. There’s still work to do, though, and then some waiting. Let’s Go Bucks!