Admission prices and match time has been set for Saturday’s NAIA Championship Opening Round Women’s Soccer match at Cumberland, with the Bulldogs and Ottawa kicking off at 1 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Admission for the contest is $8 for adults and $5 for students, as stipulated by the NAIA for all postseason soccer matches. Fans MUST enter the stadium on the east (Memorial Hall side) of the soccer fieldhouse near the coaches’ offices and are encouraged to park in the large lot between Memorial Hall and the soccer field.
Cumberland, ranked ninth in the latest NAIA women’s soccer coaches’ top 25 poll, is the No. 10 seed in the 32-team national tournament. The winner of Saturday’s match advances to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at Orthopaedic Group, P.C., in Orange Beach, Ala., and faces the winner of Davenport and St. Ambrose on Dec. 3.
The Bulldogs are 15-3-1 overall this season and 8-1-0 at home, winning seven straight since a Sept. 6 loss to Savannah College of Art & Design-Savannah. Cumberland won the Mid-South Conference regular season championship and lost in the conference tournament finals, 2-1, in overtime last Friday to then fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson.
Ottawa enters the match 13-6-2 overall this season after finishing third in the regular season in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Lady Braves won 7-6 on penalty kicks against top-seeded Kansas Wesleyan, the regular season KCAC champion, in the conference tournament finals last Saturday.