The UC Santa Cruz women's soccer team and Wisconsin-Whitewater men's soccer team received at-large bids to the NCAA Soccer Championships as announced by the NCAA this morning.
The Banana Slugs (13-3-2) women will play in Thousand Oaks against Cal Lutheran (12-3-3) on Saturday, November 16 at 5pm. The winner will advance to take on either Emory University or Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sunday.
UCSC enters the postseason on a four-game winning streak, including two shutouts to claim the ACAA Conference Championship. It's the 11th tournament appearance in program history, and second in three years under coach Lauren Nadler. The last meeting between the two teams was in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which the host Regals won 2-0.
The Banana Slugs increased their win total by eight games over last season. Sixteen different players have scored 67 goals this year, second-highest total in school history and ninth-highest in the country.
The Warhawk men (15-4-2) travel to Grand Rapids, MI to face defending NCAA DIII runner-up Calvin (19-1-1) on Friday, November 15. The winner will play either Ohio Northern or St. Norbert on Sunday..
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's soccer team has earned its 14th NCAA Division III Championship berth by claiming the Pool B (independent) bid to the NCAA Tournament. UW-Whitewater claimed the American Collegiate Athletic Association championship on Nov. 3 by shootout over California-Santa Cruz.
The team is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years and first since 2016.
(UCSC and UWW Sports Information contributed to this report.)