Transy Men Meet Capital, While Women Face Denison

Men's Bracket

Women's Bracket

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The NCAA Division III Soccer Committees announced today the field for the 2009 M en's and Women's NCAA Division III Soccer Championships. Transylvania's men's soccer team will travel to Capital on Thursday to open NCAA Division III Championship action while the women's team will face Denison Saturday in a match at Otterbein College.

Coach Brandon Bowman's men's team (14-3-1), riding an 11-match win streak, is coming off the Heartland Conference Tournament championship. They meet Capital (16-4-2) in a play-in game at 1 p.m.

The winner gets to travel to Ohio Wesleyan (18-1-2) for the second round on Sunday. The time for the second-round match will be announced.

Transy will be playing in the NCAA tourney for the fifth time in six years.

The men's field has 59 teams, including 39 automatic qualifiers, 17 at-large picks, and three independents. Capital won the Ohio Athletic Conference's automatic bid while Ohio Wesleyan was an at-large pick from the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Coach Mike Fulton's women's team (13-6-1) will go to Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday to tangle with Denison (15-3-1) at 1:30 p.m. The Pioneers dropped a 2-0 decision to Denison on the road in September.

The winner of that match would face the Otterbein (18-1-1)-Frostburg State (18-3-4) winner on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Denison was one of 21 at-large teams selected to the women's field. A total of 40 teams won automatic bids with conference championships, including HCAC tourney winner Transy. Another two independent teams were chosen for a total women's field of 63 teams.

Transy is in the women's NCAA field for the second time. The Pioneers' first appearance was in 2006.