On Monday, the NCAA Men’s Soccer Bracket was released on ESPNU. Without further small talk, here is the first round match-ups listed by the top seeded team in each group.
Home team listed first (W-D-L): All games to be played Thursday, November 18
#3 Seed Akron’s Region:
West Virginia (10-2-7) vs Xavier (10-4-6)
Winner plays Akron
Breakdown: West Virginia picked up an at-large bid from the Big East. Xavier won the A-10 Conference tourney and are riding a four game unbeaten streak into this clash. West Virginia lost to Louisville in the Big East Quarterfinals and have been resting for over a week. Xavier is one of the good stories of this post-season. They were a hopeless program the last two years with only five wins during that span. Andy Fleming took over the head coach position in December. Eleven months later, they are in the Big Dance for the first time.