Nov. 10, 2005

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The 5th-ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team (19-2-0, 10-1-0 BIG EAST) – which received one of four national No. 2 seeds – will open defense of its NCAA title this weekend at Alumni Field … the Irish face Mid-Continent Conference tournament champ Valparaiso (12-7-1) in 1st-round action on Friday, Nov. 11 (7:30 EST), following the 5:00 game between Bowling Green (champions of the Mid-American Conference) and Big Ten third-place finisher Michigan State … tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens – with the first 100 students admitted free of charge … Notre Dame last week captured the program’s eighth BIG EAST Tournament title – following a 3-0 semifinal win over homestanding and 11th-ranked Marquette before a 5-0 win over #15 UConn in the title game.

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