No. 3-seeded OSU soccer to host South Dakota State in NCAA Tournament opener
STILLWATER — The tension in the room was growing thick.
There was no doubt that the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team would hear its name called in the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday afternoon.
But the Cowgirls waited through nearly the entire field before seeing their opening-round matchup pop onto the television screen, pitting them against South Dakota State at 7 p.m. Friday at Neal Patterson Stadium.
OSU is the No. 3 seed in its 16-team quadrant of the bracket that also includes No. 1-seed North Carolina, No. 2-seed Southern Cal and fourth-seeded Texas Tech.
“Of course, they had to put us right at the end, the last bracket, so we were all nervous, sitting on the edge of our seats,” senior Julia Lenhardt said. “Hosting the first round of the NCAAs, we’re gonna have the home crowd. It’s gonna be super sweet to play here.”
The Cowgirls are 15-2-3 overall this season with a 9-0-1 mark at home, which helps the confidence of a team that could host two NCAA Tournament games this week.
With a win Friday, OSU will be back on the field Sunday to take on the winner of the first-round matchup between Cal and Santa Clara.
“We’re thrilled to be in the tournament. To get a national No. 3 seed is outstanding, and a tribute to these kids and their hard work all season,” OSU coach Colin Carmichael said. “To get a home game is amazing, to get to play in this wonderful stadium at least one more time.
“Every year after the selection show, you just want to get out there and train and play and compete. We look forward to a great matchup. We’re fired up.”