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November 14, 2013

VSU soccer No. 4 going into NCAA tourney

VALDOSTA — The Blazer soccer team received some encouraging news on the heels of their elimination from the Gulf South Conference Tournament last week, as the NCAA announced on Monday that Valdosta State landed the No. 4 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament.

The Blazers (9-4-3) will travel to Pensacola, Fla. to square off against the Panthers of Florida Tech, who received the No. 5 bid in the South Region. VSU will look to improve upon their 1-0 series record against Florida Tech this year, which was established after VSU defeated the Panthers 3-0 on September 8th. Since then, the Panthers have won ten of their 16 matches while tying two and losing four. Overall the Panthers have tallied an 11-5-2 record on the year.

Additional bids for the South Region went to No. 2 Rollins (14-3-0), No. 3 Tampa (13-3-1), and No. 6 Barry (12-4-2). Leading the pack at the No. 1 seed was West Florida (14-0-3), who recently claimed a victory in the GSC Championship game over Christian Brothers.

The weekend tournament will consists of two rounds beginning on Friday, when the No. 4 seed will face the No. 5 seed

and the No. 3 seed will square off against the No. 6 seed.

The winner of the No. 4 and No. 5 seed contest will face the No. 1 seed on Saturday, while the winner of the No. 5 and No. 3 seed game will face the No. 2 seed on Saturday as well. The two finalists at the conclusion of the weekend tournament will advance to the third and quarterfinal round competitions to be played on November 22nd and 24th.

Valdosta State's match has been scheduled to take place this Friday, with a start time that has yet to be announced.

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