PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle women's soccer team gathered in the Rodden Theatre late Monday afternoon to watch the NCAA women's soccer selection show, awaiting its first-round tournament draw. The squad rejoiced along with fellow student-athletes, coaches, professors, parents and other supporters who roared upon the announcement.
La Salle will travel to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday at 6 p.m. in its second consecutive year drawing an ACC opponent in the first round. The Cavaliers posted a 16-4-1 record this season and defeated Maryland 4-0 in the conference championship on Sunday afternoon.
Athletic director Dr. Tom Brennan and head coach Paul Royal addressed the onlookers and offered stirring words of encouragement to the team, which proudly embodies the mission of the La Salle community.
"I am so proud," Brennan said, speaking directly to the team. "You've had a great ride, but it's not nearly over."
"It took us ten years to get to this level," Royal said. "But these women in front of me are a big reason I am who I am today and this university is a great fit for them."
"When you live the right lifestyle, you get the right rewards," he added. "We got what we deserved because we do the right things."
"This La Salle community deserves chamipons," Royal said in his concluding remarks.
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