WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The No. 5 seed UNCW women’s soccer team opens the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Championship Saturday with a first-round contest at No. 4 seed Hofstra.

The Seahawks and Pride will square off at 1 p.m. matinee at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium that will serve as a rematch of the 2012 tournament title game that saw the Pride defeat the Seahawks, 2-1, in double overtime to capture the title.

The winner of Saturday’s first-round contest will face top seed and host James Madison in the semifinal round of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

The Seahawks (9-9) qualified for the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the 13th time in program history with a 3-1 victory over Delaware Oct. 27 at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Sophomore Katrina Guillou, the CAA Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week, tallied five points in the contest against the Blue Hens to increase her team-leading point total to 26 (10 G, 6 A) and give her points in 11 of the team’s final 14 games of the regular season. Freshman keeper Carolyn Huddy also maintained her stellar play in goal, allowing one goal while making four saves to finish the month of October with a 0.85 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in six contests

Hofstra (9-5-3) enters the Women’s Soccer Championship undefeated in its last three contests as it wrapped up the regular season last weekend with ties against runner up William & Mary (3-3) and regular season champion James Madison (2-2). The Pride has counted heavily on the 1-2 punch of Sam Scolarici and Leah Galton this season as the duo ranks second and third in the CAA in points with 34 and 27, respectively. Scolarici led the league in both goals (16) and game-winning strikes (5) during the regular season while Galton served as the Pride’s top playmaker, recording a league-best 11 assists to go along with eight goals. Keeper Emily Morphitis has started all 15 games played this season and has fashioned a 1.32 goals against average, a .694 save percentage and 32 saves.

Hofstra holds an 11-3-1 edge in the all-time series heading into Saturday’s matchup The Pride won the lone regular season matchup between the two programs, claiming a 2-1 victory at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Sept. 27.

Saturday’s contest also marks the third postseason meeting between the two programs. UNCW won the first contest in overtime, 2-1, on its way to capturing the 2009 championship while Hofstra defeated the Seahawks by the same margin in double-overtime of the 2012 title game.