EAST LANSING, Mich. – For the second-consecutive season, Michigan State women’s soccer has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament, as announced Monday. The Spartans are the No. 5 seed in the Provo region and will host Ohio in the first round at DeMartin Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
The selection marks the sixth overall for the Spartans and first in back-to-back seasons since 2008-09. MSU earns a seeded selection and home game in the tournament for just the second time in program history after hosting as a No. 4 seed in 2022. The Spartans advanced to the tournament’s second round last season.
The winner of Friday’s match advances to the second round to play the winner of No. 4 seed Harvard and Maine on Nov. 17. The highest remaining seed in the region after the first round games will host the second and third rounds.
BYU is the No. 1 seed in the region, while Harvard is the No. 4 seed and USC is the No. 8 seed.
The Spartans are one of nine teams in the Big Ten to earn a bid to tournament, joining Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin. Non-conference opponents Colorado and Notre Dame are also in the field of 64.
MSU earns the No. 5 seed in its region after putting together a 12-4-3 (7-1-2 B1G) record in 2023 and winning its second-straight Big Ten Regular Season title. Senior midfielder Justina Gaynor was tabbed MSU’s first-ever Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, while rookie forward/midfielder Bella Najera was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. Graduate defenders Raegan Cox and Celia Gaynor and sophomore Emerson Sargeant joined Najera and Justina Gaynor on All-Big Ten teams. Third-year MSU head coach Jeff Hosler has now advanced to nine NCAA Tournaments across all three divisions in his 18-year career.
Ohio qualifies for its first NCAA Tournament in program history after winning the Mid-American Conference title in a 2-1 victory over Kent State on Nov. 6. The Bobcats are 9-7-5 (4-4-3 MAC) this season.
First round matches will be played Nov. 10-12, while the second and third rounds will take place Nov. 17 and 19, respectively, and the quarterfinals on Nov. 24 and 25. The 2023 NCAA Women’s College…