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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The 2011 BIG EAST women’s soccer championship has been narrowed to four teams, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame and West Virginia. The quartet will head to Morgantown, W.Va., this weekend for the semifinals and title game of the tournament. On Nov. 4, Louisville will face Notre Dame at 3 p.m., while West Virginia hosts Georgetown at 5:30 p.m. The winners will met on Nov. 6 for the league tournament title.
Louisville (10-5-3, 7-1-2 BIG EAST) is making its sixth appearance in the BIG EAST Championship, but enters with its highest seed. Having won its first BIG EAST regular-season title, the Cardinals are the No. 1 seed in the National Division. Along with a season-best seven-game winning streak, Louisville has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Cardinals beat Providence 2-0 at home in the quarterfinals on Oct. 30 and will face Notre Dame in the semifinals. Louisville won at Notre Dame 1-0 on Sept. 16 earlier this year.
Notre Dame (10-6-3, 6-3-2 BIG EAST) is the No. 3 seed in the National Division and is looking for its first tournament title since 2009. The Irish upset No. 2 seed Marquette 1-0 in the quarterfinals on Oct. 30 and snapped the Golden Eagles nine-game winning streak. ND is the only team to win on the road so far during the championship. Overall, the Irish are making their 16th appearance in the BIG EAST Championship and are looking for their 12th title. Notre Dame is holding its lowest seed in the Championship since 2002.
Defending champion West Virginia (15-4-0, 10-1-0 BIG EAST) is making its 13th appearance in the BIG EAST tournament and looks to capture its third tournament crown. The Mountaineers knocked off Seton Hall 5-0 in the quarterfinals on Oct. 30, and will host Georgetown in the semifinals on Nov. 4. The teams met earlier this year in Washington, D.C., with West Virginia posting a 3-1 victory on Sept. 30. WVU is the No. 1 seed from the American Division.
Georgetown (15-5-0, 8-3-0 BIG EAST) is currently in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of women’s soccer success. Having tied last year’s school-record with its 15th win of the year in a quarterfinal victory over Syracuse on Oct. 30, the Hoyas face WVU in the semifinals. GU finished in second-place of the National Division and earned the No. 2 seed. The Hoyas topped Syracuse 3-1 at home on Oct. 30 to earn a trip to the semifinals, and are looking for their first tournament title.
The Championship returns to Morgantown, W.Va., for the second time in the 19-year history of the event and the first time since 2007. It is the second time these four teams have advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament; coincidentally it also happened here in Morgantown in 2007.
Both semifinal games will be carried nationally on the CBS Sports Network. The title game is set for Nov. 5 at Noon and will be televised on CBS Sports Network, as well as numerous regional sports networks, including SNY. The game also will be streamed live online for free at www.bigeast.tv
4 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Semifinal 1, Morgantown, W.Va.)
CBS Sports Network – 3 p.m. ET; Notre Dame vs. Louisville
4 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Semifinal 2, Morgantown, W.Va.)
CBS Sports Network – 5:30 p.m.; Georgetown at West Virginia
6 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Title Game, Morgantown, W.Va.)
Noon – BETV/CBS Sports Network