PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The times have been set for the 2011 BIG EAST women’s soccer championship, to be held at Dick Dlesk Stadium at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. The semifinals will begin on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, while the title game is slated for Nov. 6 at noon, ET. The semifinals will air exclusively on the CBS Sports Network, while the title game will air on CBS SN, as well as numerous regional sports networks, including SNY (SportsNet New York) and www.bigeast.tv. The live online broadcast of the title game will once again be free for the second straight year.
The tournament champion receives the league’s automatic berth into the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. This is the second time the league championship will be held in Morgantown, the other occasion was in 2007.
The 2011 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship is a 10-team single-elimination tournament. The top five teams in each division, seeded by conference point total, qualify for the conference championship. The top three teams in each division earn first-round byes to the quarterfinals. The first-round and quarterfinal games are conducted on the campuses of the higher-seeded teams.
First-round games will be held on Oct. 27, with the quarterfinals following on Oct. 30.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults (19 & older) and $3 for youth (18 & younger). All BIG EAST students can attend for free with a valid student ID. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets in advance for $2 through the Mountaineer Ticket Office. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 25. Fans can visit www.BIGEASTSoccer.com for ticketing and Championship information.
Last year the BIG EAST had six teams selected for the NCAA Championship (Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, USF and West Virginia) and totaled a record 12 wins during the tournament. Notre Dame won the College Cup and earned its third women’s soccer national championship. For the first time, the league has produced a commercial touting its soccer accomplishments