Soccer Team Earns NCAA Tournament Birth

The Iowa State soccer team earned the state of Iowa's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid on Monday and will take on No. 1 seed Portland at 11:05 a.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Cyclone Soccer Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournament Birth

ISU will take on No. 1 seed Portland on Friday at 11:05 a.m.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State soccer team earned the state of Iowa's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid on Monday and will take on No. 1 seed Portland at 11:05 a.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. ISU garnered the No. 4 seed and will compete in one of the 16 regional sites in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa State, ranked No. 4 in the Great Lakes region and Nebraska, both clinched at-large bids while Creighton punched their ticket by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

"I am so thrilled for our team," Iowa State head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said. "We did everything we needed to do to put ourselves in a situation for an at large bid. This is great for Cyclone soccer, Iowa State University and the state of Iowa."

Iowa State is in the midst of the best season in the 10-year history of Iowa State soccer. ISU finished the 2005 season with an 11-6-1 overall record and a 6-3-1 conference mark, the best winning percentages in school history.

"This is a huge thing we accomplished today," senior Deb Benakis said. "It's hard to put into words how I feel right now."

In the other match in Lincoln, Nebraska (13-7-1) will take on Creighton (12-5-3) at 2:05 p.m. (CST) on Friday. The Cyclones own wins over both of their potential second round opponents. Iowa State defeated CU 2-1 on Oct. 16 and NU 2-0 on Oct. 28.

Iowa State will enter the weekend with a 2-0-1 record vs. nationally-ranked teams, including Texas A&M and the Huskers, programs no ISU team has ever defeated.

Portland is currently rated No. 2 in the country by the National Soccer College Athletic Association and bring an unblemished 18-0-1 overall record, one of two teams in the nation without a loss (Penn State).

ISU and Nebraska were two of the five Big 12 schools selected to play in the tournament, including regular season and conference champion Texas A&M in addition to Colorado and Texas.

The winners of Friday's matches will advance and meet in a Sunday, Nov. 13 second-round match starting at 3:05 p.m. (CST) in Lincoln.

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