UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University men's soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the fourth time in program history. The Cardinals secured the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will square-off with sixth-seeded University of Indianapolis in a first round matchup Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Northwood University.
The announcement was made on the annual NCAA postseason selection show, which aired live on NCAA.com Monday (Nov. 9) at 6:00 p.m.
Saginaw Valley carries a 14-3-1 overall record and No. 19 national ranking into Thursday's match while the Greyhounds are 12-4-3 overall. The winner of Thursday's match will advance to play No. 2 seed and first round host, Northwood (16-1-1), on Saturday in a 12:00 p.m. contest.
The Cards have made the tournament four of the past five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in two of the past three seasons. Last year, SVSU fell in the Round of 16 to Quincy 3-0 after defeating Northwood in the first round by a 5-2 score. The other appearance culminated in a national runner-up finish in the 2012 season.
Indianapolis is making its second trip to the postseason tournament, as the Greyhounds qualified in the 2013 season as well.
Both SVSU and Indy fell in their respective league tournament semifinals on penalty kicks, as the Cardinals tied Lake Erie, 1-1 and 3-2 on kicks in the GLIAC semifinals and the Hounds played to a 0-0 draw with Quincy before the Hawks advanced 4-1 on kicks in the GLVC semifinals.
The winner of this half of the Midwest Region bracket will face the winner of the Rockhurst-hosted portion, where No. 1 Rockhurst awaits the winner of No. 4 seed Cedarville and No. 5 seed Quincy.
The 38-team national tournament features two to six teams from each of the eight regions. Teams from the same region will be paired for first- and/or second-round competition, which will be conducted November 12-15 on campus sites. Third-round/quarterfinals will be held on campus sites and completed by November 22. The semifinals and final will be played December 3 and 5 at Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex in Pensacola, Florida, hosted by University of West Florida and the Pensacola Sports Association.
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