The Western Washington University women's soccer team learned that it will be hosting the NCAA Division II West Regional final at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Whatcom Community College's Orca Field.
The Vikings (18-1-1) have won all 10 matches at home so far this year and earned the right to host the next two rounds of the NCAA playoffs with their 2-0 victory over Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Second-seeded WWU will host fourth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino, which upset top-seed Cal State Stanislaus 1-0 in Saturday's other West Regional semifinal.
The West Regional final will follow the South Central Regional final between Metro State (Colorado) and St. Edward's (Texas), which is set for a 5 p.m. start at Orca Field. South Central No. 5 seed Metro State upset top-seeded Colorado Mines 3-1 in the regional semifinals, while third-seeded St. Edwards beat Fort Lewis 1-0 in the other semifinal.
The winner of each regional final on Friday will meet in a national quarterfinal, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at WCC.
This marks Western's second straight trip to the West Regional final and its third trip to the round of 16 in program history, but the Vikings seek their first appearance in the Elite Eight. Last year they suffered a 2-1 loss to UC San Diego in the regional final.
NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFFS
SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL FINAL
Metro State vs. St. Edwards, 5 p.m. Friday at WCC
WEST REGIONAL FINAL
WWU vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 7:30 p.m. Friday at WCC
South Central Regional champ vs. West Regional champ, 2 p.m. Sunday at WCC