Men’s Soccer To Host NCAAs

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • November 15, 2010 05:44 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will make its 2010 NCAA Tournament debut on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers will play host to Xavier in only the fourth meeting all-time between the two programs.

“We’ve been pretty good at Dick Dlesk this season, winning nine straight,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We’re real pleased we get to play at home another game and have another opportunity to extend our season.”

WVU has a 3-1 series lead over Xavier and it will be the first time the two teams have played one another since 1990.

This will be West Virginia’s 10th tournament appearance and first since 2007 when the Mountaineers advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Wake Forest, 3-1.

Xavier received an automatic berth following an improbable run through the Atlantic 10 Championship. The No. 6 seed Xavier defeated No. 2 seed LaSalle, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon to bring home the championship. The Musketeers defeated the tournament’s top three seeds and currently have a 10-6-4 record.

Xavier is led by first year head coach Andy Fleming and are paced by Luke Spencer, who leads the team with five goals and three assists for 12 points. In net, Justin Marshall has started 16 games, giving up 15 goals and making 75 saves.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and senior citizens. Admission is free for West Virginia University students with a valid student ID.

There will be 16 games in the first round, with the winners advancing to play a top 16 seeded team on Sunday, Nov. 21. The third round will be played on Sunday, Nov. 28, followed by the quarterfinals which will be held from Dec. 3-5. The NCAA Men’s College Cup will be played Dec. 10 and 12 on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The BIG EAST has the most qualifiers with seven teams participating in the 2010 NCAA Championship: Louisville, Providence, Notre Dame, USF, Connecticut, Georgetown and WVU.

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