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WCC & San Jose Set to Host NCAA DI Women’s Soccer Championship

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Georgetown, North Carolina, USC and West Virginia Play for

2016 NCAA Division I College Cup Friday and Sunday 

SAN JOSE, Calif. The NCAA will crown its Division I women’s soccer champion this weekend in San Jose at Avaya Stadium. Sixty-four teams began the quest in the second weekend in November and now four remaining squads will vie for the 2016 College Cup title in San Jose. 

Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Southern California and West Virginia University have all advanced to the national semifinals. On Friday, No. 1 seed West Virginia will play No. 2 North Carolina at 2 p.m. PT and No. 2 Georgetown will face No. 2 USC at 4:30 p.m. PT. The winners will advance to Sunday’s championship at 3 p.m. PT. All games will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and WatchESPN. 

The Hoyas and Mountaineers will make their College Cup debuts, while the Women of Troy makes their second trip and first since winning the 2007 championship. The Tar Heels advance to their first College Cup since winning the event in 2012 and own a record 21 NCAA women’s soccer championships. 

This weekend marks the fourth time the Women’s College Cup makes its way to the Bay Area, and first time in 16 years, as it was previously held at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara in 1996 and Spartan Stadium in San Jose in 1999 and 2000. 

A partnership between the San Jose Sports Authority, West Coast Conference and San Jose Earthquakes secured the College Cup for San Jose after the NCAA’s decision to relocate several championships from North Carolina. Details 

Tickets are on sale now at Avaya Stadium, Ticketmaster.com, and NCAA.com/WomensCollegeCup.  Group tickets are available by calling 408.556.7700.  

Parking at Avaya Stadium opens at noon on Friday, with gates and the Fan Zone opening at 1:00 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive an NCAA drawstring bag. For Sunday’s championship, parking opens at 1:00 p.m. with gates and the Fan Zone opening at 2:00 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gates on Sunday receive a College Cup rally towel. 

Friday, December 2
2:00 p.m. – Semifinal One – No. 1 West Virginia vs. No. 2 North Carolina
4:30 p.m. – Semifinal Two – No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 2 USC

Sunday, December 4
3:00 p.m. – Championship Match

The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, beach volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. 

Throughout its long and distinguished history the West Coast Conference, soccer and the Bay Area have been inextricably linked. From the 1960s to present WCC member institutions have enjoyed exceptional success on the pitch with league members winning at least one NCAA national title in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 2000s. 

Santa Clara, under the direction of Jerry Smith, was the first WCC women’s program to seize a team championship, rolling to the 2001 NCAA Championship. Under the late Clive Charles, the University of Portland broke through for two trophies in three years as future Canadian World Cup Star Christine Sinclair and USWNT stalwart Megan Rapinoe fueled the Pilot’s high-octane attack to the hardware in 2002 and 2005. In 2002, the Pilots defeated the Broncos 2-1 in double overtime in the National Championship match. 

Since 1989, WCC women’s programs have won three national championships, claimed two NCAA runner-up showings and advanced to 19 College Cups. 

About the San Jose Sports Authority
The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City's sports commission since in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program.= 

About Avaya Stadium 
Avaya Stadium, home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, is an 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located on Coleman Ave. adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The European-inspired building is the first cloud-enabled venue in MLS and is among the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in MLS to provide the best possible fan experience. Additionally, the north end zone houses the largest outdoor bar in North America, a two-acre fan zone and a double-sided video scoreboard. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. The stadium has hosted numerous non-Major League Soccer events since its inaugural season in 2015, including the International Champions Cup, which featured Manchester United and Club America, a pair of United States Women¹s National Team matches, the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game against Arsenal FC. For more information about Avaya Stadium, visit sjearthquakes.com.