When Randy Waldrum was hired as the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer head coach in late 2017, one of the goals he set for himself was to get the program to become a candidate. ACC and compete in the NCAA Tournament.
After a few seasons in 2020 and 2021, when the Panthers knocked on the door but failed, it seems certain that Waldrum, along with his coaches and players, will be told on Monday (Selection Show scheduled for 4 p.m. ET) that they will receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
UPDATE: 4:05 PM ET (11/07/2022) — PITT IS IN!
The Panthers have been selected as the No. 4 seed in their region and will host Buffalo in a first-round game on Saturday, November 12 at Ambrose Urbanic Field at 7 p.m.
NCAA WOMEN’S DIVISION I SOCCER TOURNAMENT BRACKET (2022)
The Panthers will be in the same bracket with defending NCAA and current three-time defending ACC champion Florida State, who are the No. 1 seed.
Nearly half of the 64-team field will be filled by automatic qualifiers (AQ) from each of the 31 conferences that compete in Division I.
Of the 31 AQs, 28 are earned by winning the conference tournament, while the other three are earned by winning the Ivy League, Pac-12, and West Coast Conference regular-season championships (decided by the conference standings).
Pitt was eliminated from the ACC Limited Tournament as the No. 6 seed they went down in a penalty shootout against No. 4 Notre Dame last Sunday.
The Panthers reached the eve of the announcement of the NCAA tournament bracket, ranked No. 19 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.
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— The ACC (@theACC) November 2, 2022
Perhaps more importantly, in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, Pitt is ranked 13th in the NCAA Division I Women’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings of the week. last.
That means the Panthers are likely to end up between a third and six seeds in one of the four tournament draft regions.
2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament Bracket
Florida State won the ACC automatic bidding by winning the tournament championship on Sunday.
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— The ACC (@theACC) November 6, 2022
An additional 33 teams are getting general offers to be determined by the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee. The full 64-team field will be released at 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 7, during a selection show on NCAA.com.
The NCAA’s Competition Oversight Committee has created a new strategy increasing the number of seeded teams from 16 to 32.
Here is the statement from the NCAA:
“Fifty percent of the bracket will be split into four groups from 1 to 8. The published rankings will be in four sets from 1 to 8 and the pairs will honor a seeding allocation from 1 to 8. The committee will identify the top 32 teams. The top 16 teams will be identified in seeding order and will be assigned a seeding group of 1-4. The rest of the seeded teams, in turn, will be assigned to one of the remaining seeding groups (c (i.e., 5 to 8). Once the seeding is finalized, it remains unchanged while placing the teams in the championship bracket. Conference games in the first and second rounds will be avoided.
After the reveal of the bracket on November 7, the 2022 DI Women’s Football Championship begins on Friday, November 11.
From there, four rounds will be played before the College Cup, where semi-finals and finals will take place to crown a champion.
The College Cup culminates with the national championship in Cary, North Carolina on December 5, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET.