Vanderbilt Soccer to open NCAA Tournament at home vs. Murray State

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

For the first time in program, Mississippi State's soccer team will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke (14-4-3) landed a No. 4 seed and will host Rutgers (11-3-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. The victor of that game will move on to the semifinals on November 29, followed by the Championship on December 1 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sonoma State will face off with Western Washington for the second straight year, after falling to the Vikings 2-0 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Arkansas earned a host bid and will play its first-round matchup against Sun Belt-champion Little Rock at Razorback Field.

The Seminoles did not allow a goal throughout the first month of the season (five matches) and allowed no more than two goals at any time during the season, including in their conference title match against the Tar Heels. First, we just got off the road after eight days, so we need to sleep in our beds for a little bit.

The Gamecocks are No. 18 in the current NCAA Soccer RPI standings. "We're excited to still be playing right now", head coach Brooks Monaghan said. The Trojans won the 2016 National Championship, but lost in the second round in last year's tournament. The team went without a loss in 16 consecutive games between August 19 and October 21 before dropping the regular season finale against Ole Miss and their first game of the SEC Tournament against Florida.

This will be the first trip back to the NCAA Tournament for the Tigers since 2015.

Janessa Fowler was named tournament MVP, while Taryn Miller, Alexa Coyle, Taylor Hansen and Claire Howard were all voted to the all-tournament team. "I've been saying it and I believed it, but I still can't believe it happened".

Finishing with an overall record of 13-5 and 3-3 in ACC play, U of L earned a three-seed in the conference tournament. But even after struggling down the stretch of the season, the Wildcats (10-4-4, 4-4-3 Big Ten) snuck into the field of 64.

NU had been practicing for the last two weeks in anticipation of being selected, and, on top of that, the Cats were one of the final few bubble teams announced in the field.

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