AZUSA, Calif.-- In the programs sixth straight, and 13th overall NAIA Tournament appearance the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team will welcome Ottawa (Kan.) to the Cougar Soccer Complex for the opening round of the 32-team tournament on Nov. 19, looking for its first national championship since its first tournament appearance in 1998. The Cougars' side of the bracket sets up a potential semifinal match with two programs that have been knocked them out of the NAIA tournament over the past few years: Point Loma Nazarene, and Lee (Tenn.). But Azusa Pacific isn't looking past Saturday.
“I only look at it one game at a time,” said Head Coach Jason Surrell about the draw. “I feel like we have the talent to win the national championship, but this week we play Ottawa and that’s all I’m looking at.”
The match, which will be the first meeting between the two programs, begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday as the women face the same school that the football will be hosting later that day.
All four of the GSAC teams (and all five California schools when you include Cal State San Marcos) that qualified are positioned in the bottom half of the bracket, as Concordia, Point Loma Nazarene, and Westmont each received at-large bids.