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Eagles Receive At-Large Bid To NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

Sydney Ryan celebrates

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater women's soccer team is going to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Eagles received one of the 20 at-large Pool C bids available as announced by the NCAA selection committee Monday. Bridgewater will travel to Westerville, Ohio to play in the Otterbein University pod. The Eagles will play Hope College in the opening round while Otterbein plays Dominican (Ill.)

The Eagles finished the season with a 15-3-2 overall record and are one of three ODAC programs to make the field. Lynchburg, the ODAC's automatic qualifier, will host a pod while Virginia Wesleyan will be playing in the Swarthmore pod.

Hope College, the Eagles' opening opponent, received an at-large bid after losing to Adrian 1-0 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title game. The Flying Dutch won the MIAA regular season title for the third consecutive season and enter the tournament with a 14-2-2 record. Hope is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25.

Otterbein won the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title with a 1-0 overtime victory over Ohio Northern. The Cardinals carry a 16-2-1 record into NCAA play.

Dominican (Ill.) defeated Illinois Tech 1-0 to win the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference title. The Stars are 18-2 entering the national tournament.