Send-off shows support for women’s soccer team’s first NCAA tournament

Photo by Thomas Maxwell.

The women’s soccer team is on their way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to play in their first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.

The team went 14-4 to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and the conference tournament title.

The Grizzlies defeated Mt. St. Joseph University 2-0 Saturday, earning their automatic bid to the tournament. The past three seasons, the Grizzlies lost to rival Hanover College in the championship game.

Students and faculty members high-fived the players as they got on the bus in a send-off ceremony Friday morning arranged by Athletic Director Kerry Prather by campus email.

“[It] meant a lot to me and the team,” senior defenseman Jo List said. “For the seniors, this has been a dream of ours for four years. We are so grateful for all the support from the students, faculty and staff. We want to make everyone proud.”

Junior Jackson Barnes held a “#8 is my GF sign” at the send-off in support of his girlfriend, senior midfielder Clare Lenart.

Send-off shows support for women’s soccer team’s first NCAA tournament“It was really exciting, and everybody who was there were really getting hyped,” Barnes said.

The team is facing Arcadia University in the first round of the tournament Saturday at 8 p.m.

The game will be aired live here. Additional championship schedule information is available here.

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