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Five SEC teams to compete in NCAA Soccer Championship

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Five SEC teams highlight the field of 48 teams competing for the 39th NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship that was announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee.

The SEC, ACC and Pac-12 each have five teams in the tournament, leading all conferences.

Over the last six tournaments, the SEC has had 40 teams selected to compete for the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.

Three of the SEC's selections - Arkansas (6), Texas A&M (7) and Vanderbilt (16) - earned national seeds and first round byes.

Arkansas earned the No. 6 national seed, marking the second-straight season the Razorbacks enter the tournament as a national seed. Arkansas, who will meet the winner of Memphis and Utah Valley in the second round on May 1, is making its seventh appearance in program history at the NCAA Tournament.

Ole Miss is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four tournaments and the fifth time in the Matt Mott era. The Rebels meet Bowling Green in the first round on April 27.

South Carolina earned its eighth-straight NCAA Tournament bid. It marks the 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Gamecocks, who have reached the event in 13 of the last 14 years. South Carolina takes on Montana in the first round on April 28.

Texas A&M earned a No. 7 seed in making its 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Aggies are one of four teams to make it to every NCAA Tournament since 1995. Texas A&M will face the winner of South Fla. And Central Conn. St. in the second round on April 30.

The SEC Tournament champion and automatic qualifier, Vanderbilt earned the No. 16 seed in the tournament, its first ever national seed. Vanderbilt is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th overall. The Commodores will meet the winner of Penn St. and Alabama St. on May 1.

Twenty-nine conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2020 championship, while the remaining 19 teams were selected at-large. The entire tournament will be held in Cary, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. Games will be held on campus at Campbell, East Carolina and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, in addition to Bryan Park (Greensboro), J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex (Wilson), Sportsplex (Mathews) and WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary).

First round action will be played April 27-28, while the second rounds will be held April 30-May 1. The third round will be May 5, with the quarterfinals on May 9.

The women's semifinals will be held May 13 and the championship game will be played May 17 at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Each of the first four rounds will be available on NCAA.com, while the women's national semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the final will be broadcast live on ESPNU.