Pairings set for the 2018 #SummitWSOC Championship in Brookings

SDSU's Leah Manuleleua scored a golden goal in double-overtime to defeat Denver and that proved to be the difference in the Jacks holding the top seed at next week's #SummitWSOC Championship.
SDSU's Leah Manuleleua scored a golden goal in double-overtime to defeat Denver and that proved to be the difference in the Jacks holding the top seed at next week's #SummitWSOC Championship.

2018 #SummitWSOC Championship Central
2018 #SummitWSOC Championship Bracket

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- For the second consecutive season, South Dakota State secured the top seed at The Summit League Women's Soccer Championship after owning the tiebreaker with Denver, who the Jackrabbits shared the 2018 regular season crown with after both teams finished with 7-1 records.

The Jackrabbits held the tiebreaker after defeating the Pioneers 1-0 in the final minute of a double-overtime affair on Oct. 7.

Joining the Jacks and second-seeded Pioneers in Brookings will be No. 3 seed North Dakota State and No. 4 seed Omaha. The Bison, who finished Summit League play with a 6-2 record, hosted last season's #SummitWSOC championship won by Denver last season in Fargo, while the Mavericks are making their first tournament appearance since becoming eligible for the postseason event in 2015.

Omaha needed a win over Western Illinois and a North Dakota loss to South Dakota in their respective regular-season finales to secure a spot and the Mavs did their part by posting a 2-1 victory over the Leathernecks and the Coyotes dealt the Fighting Hawks a 1-0 loss to complete the other half of the equation.

The 2018 Summit League Women's Soccer Championship will be played Thursday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Fishback Soccer Complex in Brookings, S.D. All games will be streamed free of charge on thesummitleague.org.

Thursday's first match pits the host Jackrabbits against Omaha 3 p.m. CT. A rematch of the last season's title game in Fargo between Denver and North Dakota State will follow at 6 p.m. CT.

The winners of Thursday's matches will play in Saturday's championship match at noon CT with the victor earning an automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.

For complete coverage of The Summit League Women's Soccer Championship, visit the official championship website at thesummitleague.org/championships and follow the championship Twitter feed @summitchamps.


ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.
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