The Dartmouth College girls' soccer team had a rude-awakening today as they gathered to see who they would play on Friday in the NCAA tournament. It turns out they will play no one.
As a complete surprise to everyone gathered around a TV at the Collis Center, the mood quickly went from joyful anticipation to the depths of disappointment. Following a successful season (12-4-1), it was painful to see teams they had beat this season placed in the tournament while they were left out. Apparently the computer system used to rank the 300 teams wasn't in their favor this year.
Just tears and silence were present after the ESPN bracket announcement. The coaches had nothing to tell their players because the possibility barely crossed their minds. What do you say anyway? It's one thing to have your season end fighting your hardest on the field. It's a completely different experience ending your career (for those seniors) in front of a TV screen; especially when you are ranked the #2 team in the Northeast.