Saint Leo, Fla. (November 5, 2007) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has selected Saint Leo University as one of 16 sites for first and second round action of the Division II Women’s Soccer Championships.

The championship will provide for a 48-team, single elimination tournament with automatic qualification.

The three teams set to play at University Field as part of the South Region event include the host Lions, seeded No. 2, the University of West Florida and the University of Montevallo (AL). West Florida faces Montevallo at 7 p.m., Friday, while the winner takes on Saint Leo on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The University of Tampa was named the top seed and will host first and second round matches also Friday and Sunday. The first-round match pits Nova Southeastern University against Ouachita Baptist. The victor takes on Tampa in the second-round match Sunday.

Teams advancing from second round-competition will face one another on Friday, November 16 at a site to be determined in the third round. That will also be the site Sunday, Nov. 18 for the quarterfinal match between the South Region champion and the Southeast Region champion.

West Florida (15-3) won the Gulf South Conference regular season championship, but lost to Montevallo (13-7) in the post-season conference tournament championship at West Florida last Sunday 2-1.

Saint Leo (15-4) finished second in both Sunshine State Conference regular season action and the post-season tournament. The Lions fell 1-0 in overtime to Tampa in the title game last Sunday in Tampa.

Saint Leo, which set a program record for most victories this year, is led on offense by sophomore forward Hannah Beard (Liverpool, England) and sophomore midfielder Sara Macko (Valrico, Fla.). Beard has 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists, while Macko has 21 points on six goals and nine assists.

West Florida is led by Denelle Mascall with 23 goals and 10 assists for 56 points and Jodi Galucci with 29 points on 10 goals and nine assists.

Montevallo won its first ever conference women’s championship by defeating West Florida. The Falcons are sparked by Stacey Balaam with 41 points on 12 goals and 17 assists, and Kami Kapaku with 36 points on 15 goals and six assists.

Saint Leo defeated West Florida and Montevallo at home this year. The Lions beat West Florida 2-1 on September 2 in the third match of the season and five days later defeated Montevallo 2-0.

West Florida beat Montevallo in the regular season finale 3-0 on October 26.