No. 1 seed UH-Hilo to host first, second rounds of NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer West Regional
The unbeaten University of Hawai‘i at Hilo women’s soccer team is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship and will host the first and second rounds of the West Regional bracket Thursday and Saturday at the Vulcan Soccer Field.
Cal State University Los Angeles, the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament champ, will take on Pacific West Conference foe Concordia University Irvine at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Vulcans will play the winner of that matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday.
On the other side of the West Regional bracket, second-seeded Western Washington of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference will host the winner of No. 3 Point Loma Nazarene and No. 6 Sonoma State.
The highest remaining seed after this weekend will host not only the West Region finals Nov. 17, but also the South Central Regional championship and subsequent game between the two region champions.
Tickets to this week’s games at the Vulcan Soccer Field are $5 general admission, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $4 for students and $1 for children 2-12 years old. An all-session pass is also available for $7.50 general admission or $6 for seniors.
UH-Hilo finished the 2022 regular season 13-0-3 overall and 8-0-2 in the Pacific West Conference to capture the PacWest Championship for the second consecutive season.
With the No. 1 seed in the West Region, the Vulcans could theoretically host five NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship matches. UH-Hilo would have to win its game Saturday to reach that feat. A win would advance the Vulcans to next week’s West Region Championship against the winner of the Western Washington West Regional sub-region.
Furthermore, the West is hosting the South Central Region in this year’s NCAA Quarterfinal Round, so the winners of both of the South Regional sub-regions would fly to the Big Island next week to play for the region title and then the subsequent West/South Central Region showdown.
The victor of that match would advance to the NCAA Semifinal Round on Dec. 1 at Seattle Pacific University.