Women’s soccer earns No. 2 seed, hosts San Diego State in first round of NCAA tournament

After beating rival USC in overtime and setting the NCAA attendance record in its regular-season finale, the UCLA women’s soccer team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host San Diego State in the first round at 7 p.m. at Drake Stadium on Friday.

The Bruins (15-2-2) are in line to host through the third round. The winner of Friday’s first round at Drake Stadium plays the winner of Butler and Northwestern in the second round next week. UCLA already has a win over San Diego State (12-7-2) this season as the Bruins started the year with a 5-1 victory at home on Aug. 18.

UCLA is one of seven Pac-12 teams to earn a spot in the tournament. Stanford took the No. 1 overall seed, followed by USC, which earned a No. 3 seed. Colorado, Arizona, Washington State and California were also included in the 64-team field.

The Bruins have made it to the tournament four out of the past five years and advanced to the Sweet 16 each time while winning the national championship in 2013 as a No. 2 seed.