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:
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!