Men's Soccer Receives At-Large Berth to NCAA Tournament, First Round Bye
St. Louis, Mo., November 8, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team received an at-large berth into the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament, as announced Monday afternoon by the NCAA selection committee.
The Bears received a bye into second round play and will face the winner of Loras College and Greenville College on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo., at 1 p.m. Loras will host Greenville in first round action on Thursday, Nov. 11, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Washington University is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in school history, and the first since the 2007 season, when the Bears advanced to the sectional finals before falling to Trinity University, 2-1. Washington U. is 25-17-4 (.587) all-time in postseason play, and advanced to the Final Four on five occasions, the last coming in 1987.
With a 14-1-4 overall record in 2010, Washington University is enjoying one of the best seasons in school history. The Bears posted a 4-1-2 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) action, finishing second in the conference behind only New York University. The UAA had four schools selected to participate in this year’s tournament, with New York garnering the automatic bid and Emory University and the University of Rochester also receiving at-large bids.
Loras College and Greenville College are both automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Tournament. Loras defeated Wartburg College, 2-1, in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) championship on Nov. 6. The Duhawks advanced to the NCAA sectional semifinals a year ago, when they boasted an overall record of 20-3-1.
Greenville College defeated Fontbonne University in a shootout to win the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championship for the second time in three years. The Panthers finished the season with a 15-5-2 overall mark and were unbeaten in their final four games of the regular season.
Washington University has faced both Greenville and Loras this season, defeating Greenville College 2-0 on Sept. 10, and Loras College 1-0 on Sept. 19.