Rebels Denied Bid To NCAA Tournament
Nov. 12, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV women's soccer team became the first team to win the Mountain West Conference regular season championship and not receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament, as the Rebels were left out of the 64-team bracket that was announced on Monday afternoon.
UNLV has played in the NCAA Tournament the past three years, earning an at-large bid in 2004 off its regular season MWC championship season, and received automatic bids the past two years thanks to winning the MWC Tournament. This season the Rebels were 11-5-5 overall, and 5-1-1 in league play to finish in first place. However, they lost in the championship game of the 2007 MWC Tournament 2-1 at 25th-ranked BYU on the Cougars' own home field in Provo, Utah on Saturday afternoon.
The last time a team from the MWC did not advance on to the NCAA tournament after winning the regular season crown was in 1999, when three teams all tied as tri-champions, and two of the three, BYU and San Diego State, received bids while Utah was left out.