Date Posted:11/04/2007,  8:45PM

Women's Soccer Earns NCAA Bid


BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team will be playing in an NCAA Regional at Wheaton (Mass.) College this Saturday and Sunday as brackets were released for the Division III Tournament on Monday morning. The Polar Bears will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.

The Polar Bears draw Ithaca College on Saturday at 1:30 in a first-round match. Bowdoin, ranked fifth in New England with a 12-4-1 mark, picked up an at-large bid out of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Ithaca, which is ranked 24th in the country and fourth in New York at 16-3-0, knocked off Nazareth College, 2-1 to win the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

The other first-round contest will feature host Wheaton College (21-0-1) and Baptist Bible College (17-3-2) at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Saturday's winners face each other on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the right to advance to the sectional round.

Tickets will be sold by the Wheaton College Athletic Department at $10 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $2 for children ages 3-12. Tickets will be sold at the gate starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.