Women's soccer hosts Buffalo in NCAA First Round

November 13, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The No. 8 Penn State women's soccer team is advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th-straight season, hosting Buffalo in the opening round as a No. 2 seed. The Nittany Lions welcome the Bulls to Jeffrey Field at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

Tickets are available for purchase with cash day of game only. Groups of 20-or-more are $3 per ticket, youth and students are $5 and adults are $8. ATM machines are located at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office on Curtin Road. Gates open one hour prior to the match.

Thanks to a donation, the first 50 students to e-mail sml5218@psu.edu will receive a free ticket to the match, pizza and a t-shirt.

ADMISSION & LIMITED BAG POLICY
Fans attending Penn State soccer matches at Jeffrey Field will need to comply with Penn State University's Bag Policy. Fans are advised that no bags larger than backpacks may be brought into the stadium grounds. This includes duffle bags and purses larger than 8.5" x 11" x 6" and all bags will be searched. For more information visit the Safety Policy SY44 Page or Penn State's Bag Policy Page.

Fans are reminded that there will be heavy traffic on Friday, Nov. 14 with two events in the East campus vicinity all starting at the same time.  Please be prepared for extra traffic and possibly longer wait times or parking availability further from your respective venue. All Women's Soccer fans are asked to identify to the parking attendants that they are attending the soccer game to be directed accordingly.

SCOUTING THE BULLS
The Bulls (16-2-3) advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament riding a 14-game unbeaten streak after earning the program's first Mid-American Conference tournament championship. One of the best defensive teams in the postseason field, Buffalo produced 14 clean sheets this season, commanded by MAC Freshman of the Year Laura Dougall. The goalkeeper finished the regular season with the NCAA's third-best save percentage (.911) and fourth-lowest goals against average (0.37) in the country. The Bulls also captured the other three major conference awards (Offensive, Defensive and Coach of the Year), the first time in MAC history one team has claimed all four honors in a season. Katie Roberts, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the charge offensively for the Bulls, scoring 11 goals with two assists.

SERIES HISTORY vs. BUFFALO
All-time, Penn State is 2-0 against Buffalo, with the teams meeting in 1994 and 1995. On Sept. 29, 1995, the Nittany Lions beat the Bulls, 7-0.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Penn State is taking part in its 20th NCAA Tournament, all consecutive appearances since 1995. Overall, the Nittany Lions are 13-3 in first round games (Penn State received byes from the first round in 1998, 1999 and 2000), but had a seven-game first-round winning streak snapped at Rutgers in 2008. Penn State is a four-time College Cup participant (1999, 2002, 2005, 2012), while advancing to the quarterfinals nine times, posting a 4-5 record. Penn State has amassed an impressive record of 29-6-1 at Jeffrey Field, out-scoring opponents 93-28 in NCAA Play. Penn State has hosted the first and second rounds in the pod format 10 of the last 13 years. In those 10 seasons in which Penn State hosted, the Nittany Lions went 15-2.

APPEARANCES BY ROUND
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - 2012
COLLEGE CUP - 1999, 2002, 2005, 2012
QUARTERFINALS - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012
THIRD ROUND - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012
SECOND ROUND - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 

Last Updated November 13, 2014