Nov. 8, 1998

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Notre Dame women’s soccer team, semifinalists in each of the last four years and champions in 1995, has qualified for its sixth consecutive NCAA women’s soccer championship and is seeded fourth in the 48-team field. The Irish will play host to the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup between Xavier and Michigan either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Date and time for the match will be determined later this week.

The Irish finished the season with a 19-2-1 record and defeated Connecticut, 1-0, in the BIG EAST championship match Sunday afternoon. It is the fourth consecutive BIG EAST championship for the Irish.

Ranked #4 in the nation, Notre Dame received the fourth seed in the 48-team field. Undefeated and defending national champion North Carolina (20-0) received the No. 1 seed. Florida, with a 20-1 record, is the No. 2 seed, followed by Santa Clara (19-0-1) at #3. Other seeded teams include Portland (#5), Connecticut (#6), Penn State (#7) and Dartmouth (#8).

Notre Dame is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships since 1993. The Irish advanced to three straight finals from 1994-96 and won the championship in 1995 with a 1-0 win over No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals and a 1-0 triple overtime win against undefeated Portland in the championship game. The Irish are 14-4-0 all-time in their five NCAA championship appearances with a .778 winning percentage, the second best percentage among the 63 teams that have played in the NCAA women’s soccer championship since its inception in 1982.

The Irish have been highly successful against this season’s NCAA field posting a 7-1-1 record including wins over Connecticut, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Irish also played to a 1-1 tie against Connecticut earlier this season. Notre Dame’s only loss came at the hands of North Carolina, 5-1, in September at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Notre Dame will host either Michigan, who the Irish defeated 1-0 in double overtime two weeks ago, or Xavier. Michigan finished the regular season with a 13-6-1 record advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, while Xavier was 11-6-2.