Men's soccer to host Presbyterian in NCAA first round

16 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Akron, Indiana, Maryland and Virginia are the only programs that have qualified for the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship tournament in each of the past 11 seasons.The Zips look promising coming off their MAC Championship victory over Western Michigan.

The Spartans (11-3-3), ranked No. 12 in the latest NCAA men's soccer RPI poll, will host the victor of Thursday's match between Virginia Tech and Air Force on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

The ACC earned an NCAA-record nine tournament bids for the second straight year, and seven of those nine teams are seeded in the top 12.

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Louisville, which was seeded No. 1 overall in 2010 for the program's highest ever seed, enters this year's NCAA Championship after falling in penalty kicks to Virginia in an ACC Championship quarterfinal match on November 5 at Lynn Stadium. With this win, the team has won ten consecutive matches, their last loss was in early October against the Broncos, 1-0."We've all been here before", senior forward Sam Gainford said after the selection.

The Spartans have lost only one game at DeMartin Stadium in the last two seasons.

Eight of Louisville's 17 matches in 2017 were played against NCAA Championship qualifiers with the Cardinals registering a 4-2-2 record in those contests. Notre Dame has advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 on nine occasions, the national quarterfinals three times (2006-07, 2013), and claimed the national championship during the program's inaugural NCAA College Cup appearance in 2013. The Cardinals have no previous meetings against USF.

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