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5 women’s, 2 men’s teams make tourney

November 7, 2011 | 10:28 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer
Carly Nelson, left, makes an leaping effort to connect with the ball against Skyhawk Sara Egbom during an Oct. 9 match in December. Metro State and Fort Lewis each made it into the women’s NCAA Division II tournament. (Photograph by Joel Baud/ColoradoSoccerNow.com)

The NCAA Division II soccer tournament will have plenty of Colorado representatives after announcing the brackets for the men’s and women’s tournaments on Monday evening.

Five women’s teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and two men’s teams made it into their respective tournaments.
Two Champs: RMAC regular season champions, Regis, and tournament champions, Colorado School of Mines, are among the five Colorado teams filling the six central region team slots in the women’s tourney.
Mines earned the top-seed in the region and will host Metro State and Minnesota State-Mankato. The Roadrunners and the Mavericks will square off at Colorado School of Mines in Golden on Friday. The winner will face Mines on Sunday.
This is the 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament for the Roadrunners, the longest current streak among Division II women’s teams.
Skyhawk Hosts: Meanwhile, Dirks Field in Durango will be the host site for the other three Colorado teams in the women’s bracket. Regis and Colorado Mesa University will meet on Friday with the winner advancing to face Fort Lewis on Sunday.
While the women will move at least one Colorado team into the round of 16 and possibly two, the men’s bracket was less forgiving.
Fewer Men: Only two Colorado teams made the men’s 32-team field, and those two teams will meet in the first round. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between Fort Lewis and Metro State, with the Skyhawks holding a 2-1 edge in games this season.
The Roadrunners and Skyhawks split 1-0 matches during the regular season, before Fort Lewis won 2-1 at Dirks Field to claim the RMAC tournament title on Sunday. The two sides will step on the same pitch on Thursday, with the winner moving on to face the winner of the Incarnate Word-Midwestern State showdown this coming Sunday.

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