LOUDONVILLE — Fresh off capturing the MAAC championship last Friday, the Siena women’s soccer program will play Arizona State next week in the first round of the upcoming NCAA tournament.
The winner of that April 28 matchup at Johnson Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina will play ninth-seeded Duke in the second round of the 48-team tournament.
“This is the biggest game of my life and I think a lot of my other teammates are feeling the same thing,” Siena junior Carrie Krohn, a Schoharie High School graduate, said after the Saints found out their postseason future.
Siena’s team members gathered on campus Monday at UHY Center to watch the selection show after winning the MAAC championship last week.
“We’re excited to be playing and this was a great afternoon to have the team together to find out who we’re going to play,” Siena head coach Steve Karbowski said. “Don’t know too much information about them, a West Coast school — we’ll work on that right away, try to gather some information, some video if we can find it. It’s nice not having to play for another eight, nine days where we’ll have a good, full week of practice and rest up some players and look forward to the process of getting down there.”
Siena captured the 2020-21 MAAC championship via penalty kicks against Monmouth last Friday after the two teams played to a scoreless tie. The top-seeded Saints outdid Monmouth 4-2 in penalty kicks, as Siena’s Emily McNelis was named the tournament MVP after scoring the championship-clinching goal in penalty kicks.
Siena is 6-0-2 on the season and outscored its opponents 18-3. The unbeaten Saints were picked to finish in eighth place in the MAAC’s preseason poll.
“We have nothing to lose,” Krohn said, “and everything to prove at this point.”
Siena previously won MAAC championships in 2010 and 2015.
“I’ve heard from so many alumni and members of the Siena community,” Karbowski said. “I think everybody is excited and enjoying it with us.”
Arizona State is 8-5-2 and lost its last three games.
Sports editor Michael Kelly contributed to this report.