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DAYTON TAKES ON OHIO STATE IN NCAA FIRST ROUND SATURDAY

Release: 11/11/2016
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
• The University of Dayton women's soccer team (9-9-3, 4-4-2 A-10) will play in its 10th NCAA tournament this Saturday, Nov. 12. The Flyers will face Ohio State (10-6-3, 4-4-3 Big 10) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m. ET. 
 • Saturday's match will be streamed by Ohio State.
• The Flyers have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances before this year: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014. UD advanced to the second round in both 2009 and 2010 and to the Sweet Sixteen in 2001. 

TICKETS
Tickets to Saturday's match are $8 for adults and $5 for children while parking is free. Tickets can be purchased 90 minutes prior to the game Saturday at the southwest entrance to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

HOW THE FLYERS GOT HERE
• The Flyers earned the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship hosted in Kingston, R.I. by University of Rhode Island. Dayton outscored opponents 12-0 in the three matches. 
• Freshman Micayla Livingston, sophomores Nadia Pestell and Kaelyn Johns, juniors Nicolette Griesinger and Alexis Kiehl and senior Libby Leedom were all named to the A-10 All-Championship team. Leedom was named the Most Outstanding Player.
• Flyer junior Alexis Kiehl broke the tournament record for points (12) and goals scored (5). 
• The defense of senior Sarah Byrne, junior Nicolette Griesinger, sophomores Nadia Pestell and Kaelyn Johns (goalkeeper) and freshman Hanna Merritt did not allow a goal in 270 minutes in the A-10 Championship. 
• 20 years ago, Head Coach Mike Tucker, who is retiring after 22 years as head coach at Dayton, won his first A-10 Championship with the Flyers at Rhode Island.

DAYTON'S A-10 BACKGROUND 
• Dayton has won the A-10 Tournament Championship more than any other team in the conference: 10 times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016).  UD has also won or shared 11 Atlantic 10 Regular Season titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013). The next closest is Massachusetts with five. 
• This year marked the 14th time the Flyers advanced to the A-10 Championship final.
• Dayton has appeared in 20 A-10 tournaments, earning a berth every year the Flyers have been a member of the conference. 
• This year marked Dayton's fifth title game appearance in the last six years.

THE SERIES vs. OHIO STATE
• Ohio State leads the all-time series 10-3-1 over Dayton.  
• The last time these two teams faced off, the Buckeyes won 2-1 at Baujan Field on Aug. 27, 2015. It was the second-highest attended women's soccer game at Dayton with 2,101 fans.
• The last time Dayton won vs. Ohio State was a 1-0 victory on Sept. 14, 2011 in Columbus. 
• The Flyers and Buckeyes faced off in the Second Round of the 2010 NCAA Championship. The game ended in a 0-0 tie and Ohio State advanced 4-2 on PKs. The Buckeyes advanced all the way to the semifinals, falling 1-0 to eventual National Champion Notre Dame. 
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