Gulls selected to host first/second round of NCAA tournament; face Greensboro
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced the field for the 2013 Division III Men's Soccer Tournament and the Salisbury University men's soccer team has been chosen to host the first and second round coming up this weekend, Nov. 16-17.
The Sea Gulls (17-3) received an at-large bid into the tournament after falling 1-0 to York College of Pennsylvania in the Capital Athletic Conference championship. With a record of 17-3 overall, the men enter the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in program history, most recently in 2011 when the Gulls hosted Neumann University in the first round.
Salisbury will face off against Greensboro College (13-5-2) on Saturday. It will be the 16th match between the two schools, as the Pride holds a 5-9-1 edge in the series. The Gulls hold a two-game winning streak against Greensboro with the most recent victory being on September 12, 2010, in the St. Mary's College Classic. Salisbury found the back of the net three times in the match, all in the first half, to claim the victory, 3-0.
Greensboro received an automatic bid into the tournament, upsetting top-seed Methodist University in the USA South conference championship, 2-1. The Pride's Shaun Watt recorded both goals early in the second half, giving the freshman a team-leading nine goals.
The other first-round match played in Salisbury on Saturday will feature defending national champion Messiah College against Centenary (N.J.) College.
The championship bracket consists of 61 teams, three of which received first-round byes. Nineteen sites will host four teams for first- and second-round competition Nov. 16-17. Second-round winners will advance to one of four section sites on Nov. 22-24. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national semifinals, which take place at Toyota Field in San Antonio on Dec. 6, with Trinity (Tx.) University and the San Antonio Sports Foundation serving as co-hosts. The national championship game will be played on Dec. 7.