Men's Soccer Earns No. 9 Seed in NCAA Tourney

Senior Eric Pothast talks to media at the Al McGuire Center following the NCAA's announcement Monday

Nov. 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - For the second year in a row, the Marquette University men's soccer team has received a first-round bye in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday.

The Golden Eagles, who earned the No. 9 overall seed in this year's tournament field of 48, will host the winner of Akron vs. Indiana in a second-round match at Valley Fields on Sunday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Central time.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by calling the Marquette ticket office at (414) 288-4668 on online. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth ages 12 and under. The first 200 MU students receive free admission with their student I.D. Call the ticket office for special ticket pricing for groups of 15 or more.

Historically, defending national champion Indiana (8-11-2) is perhaps the most successful collegiate men's soccer program in the country, having won eight national titles. Akron (16-3-1) won the national championship in 2010 and finished runner-up for the College Cup in 2009.

The Hoosiers will travel to Akron for their first-round match-up against the Zips on Thursday, Nov. 21 (6 p.m. CT).

Led by eighth-year head coach Louis Bennett, the nationally ranked Golden Eagles (12-5-2) claimed a share of the 2013 BIG EAST Conference regular season title and received the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tourney after winning the BIG EAST tournament championship on Sunday. MU defeated Providence 3-2 in the final at PPL Park in Philadelphia, site of this year's NCAA Division I Men's Soccer College Cup.

Marquette is one of five BIG EAST teams (out of 10) selected to compete in this year's NCAA tournament, joining Georgetown, Providence, St. John's and Creighton. The league placed record eight teams (out of 16) into the field in 2012.

The NCAA selection committee awarded MU the No. 7 overall seed in 2012 as the Golden Eagles made their first appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship for the first time since 1997. Northwestern defeated Marquette 1-0 in last year's second-round match-up at Valley Fields.




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