Lady Eagles Begin NCAA Tournament Play Today (Live Scoring Available)

C-N to host UNC Pembroke today at 1 p.m.

Brittany Moore and the Lady Eagles will begin play in the NCAA Tournament today at 1 p.m.

Nov. 16, 2008

Follow THIS LINK for live scoring from Sunday's NCAA Tournament game between No. 2 seed Carson-Newman and UNC Pembroke.

JEFFERSON CITY - The Carson-Newman women's soccer team will begin play in the NCAA Division II Tournament today when it hosts UNC Pemrboke at 1 p.m. in the Southeast Region semi-finals.

No. 3 seed Pembroke defeated Pfeiffer Friday night in the opening round, while the second-seeded Lady Eagles received a first-round bye.

On the opposite side of the Southeast Region bracket, Catawba edged Georgia College Friday night and will travel to No. 1 seed Columbus State this afternoon.

With a win Sunday, C-N would advance to the Southeast Regional Final, to be played Friday, November 21 in Tampa, Florida.

"We are excited about having another opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament," said McNamara, who is in his sixth year at the helm of the Lady Eagles.  "I feel like our team is healthy and ready to go for this game."

Carson-Newman is 15-4-1 on the season, finishing atop the South Atlantic Conference regular season standings and then going on to win the Food Lion SAC Tournament last weekend over Catawba on penalty kicks.

McNamara was pleased to see his team advance to the championship game of the tournament, if nothing more than for the extra experience.



"We really wanted to get all three games in the conference tournament to help some of our players coming back from injury get back into the groove," he said.  "I think that really helped us in our preparation, and then we got a bye in the first round of the NCAA so we've had some extra time this week to rest."

Carson-Newman has compiled a 7-5 record in the NCAA Tournament under McNamara, advancing to the national semifinals in both 2004 and 2005.


McNamara beleaves that this year's team can add the the rich legacy of Lady Eagle soccer.

"We are hoping that our four seniors get a chance to play and that the team performs at a high level in order that the result is favorable for us in the seniors' last game at home at Carson-Newman," McNamara said. 

"We'd like to thank our fans and their support so far this season and we hope that they will come out in good numbers to support us on Sunday in our last home game of the season."

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