November 12, 2012
Notre Dame, Indiana, Northwestern, Marquette and W. Illinois get NCAA bids
INDIANAPOLIS– Notre Dame, Indiana, Northwestern, Marquette and Western Illinois have earned berths to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, the selection committee announced on Monday
Notre Dame was chosen as the No. 1 seed and will host the winner of Horizon League champion Cleveland State vs. Big Ten champion Michigan State in the second round on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. ET. ND is coming off its third Big East Championship title after defeating Georgetown 3-2 in double overtime on Sunday.
The Fighting Irish are ranked first in the NCAA RPI rankings and are ranked seventh in the most recent NSCAA poll. Notre Dame is on a seven-game unbeaten streak and the Irish have only lost one game in the last 10 outings. The Fighting Irish are 16-3-1 overall and are led by Big East Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Performer Ryan Finley, who leads the league with 20 goals and 44 points. Finley’s 1.00 goal per game rank third nationally.
Marquette (16-3-1) earned a No. 7 seed and will face the winner of the first-round game between Western Illinois and Northwestern. MU will host the second-round match up on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. ET. The Golden Eagles had started the 2012 season on a 12-game winning streak and their 16 wins in 2012 are a program record. MU is led by Andy Huftalin, who has 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Charlie Lyon has played all 20 games between the pipes, making 85 saves and earning 10 shutouts with a 0.77 goals-against average. The Golden Eagles are making their first appearance in the NCAA Championship since joining in the Big East.
Notre Dame and Marquette are among eight teams from the Big East earning bids to the tournament, joining Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Louisville, St. John’s, USF and Syracuse.
Indiana enters the NCAA Championship as the No. 16 seed, earning a bye into the second round. The Hoosiers have put together an 11-5-3 record this season en route to their 26th consecutive championship appearance. Indiana will face the winner of Thursday’s Kentucky-Xavier matchup on Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.
Northwestern earns its seventh NCAA Championship berth after winning a share of the Big Ten title. The Wildcats enter the tournament with an 11-5-4 overall record and will host Western Illinois in its first-round tilt on Thursday.
Two other Big Ten schools also earned bids to the tournament, Michigan and Michigan State.
Western Illinois won the 2012 Summit League Tournament and is 7-8-5 entering Thursday’s contest. This is the second straight year the Fighting Leathernecks have won an invite to the tournament.
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Notre Dame, 2. Maryland, 3. Georgetown, 4. Connecticut, 5. Akron, 6. UCLA, 7. Marquette, 8. Saint Louis, 9. North Carolina, 10. Louisville, 11. Tulsa, 12. Creighton, 13. New Mexico, 14. VCU, 15. Wake Forest, 16. Indiana.
The first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship will be played on Thursday, while second-round action will take place on Sunday at campus locations. The third round is scheduled for Nov. 25, with the quarterfinals set for Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The 2012 NCAA College Cup will be held on Dec. 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.
NCAA Men's College Cup Bracket