NCAA announces DI Championship field
INDIANAPOLIS---The field and bracket for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee, which awarded the tournament’s No. 1 seed to Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacons are looking to add a second national championship to their 2007 trophy, and enter the tournament with a 15-2-2 record.
The 48-team field is made up of the champions of 24 conferences, who qualified automatically, in addition to 24 teams that were selected at-large. The top 16 teams were all seeded and receive first round byes. All first-round games will be played Thursday, November 19, while all second-round action will take place Sunday, November 22. The third round will be played November 28 and 29, while the quarterfinals will be played December 4 and 5. The Men’s College Cup will be held December 11 and 13 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven teams in the field. In addition to Wake Forest, Clemson University (15-2-2), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (14-1-3), Syracuse University (13-5-3), University of Notre Dame (11-4-5), Boston College (9-7-1) and University of Virginia (9-4-3) all made the tournament. The Tigers are the second seed, while the Tar Heels are fifth, the Orange is sixth and the Fighting Irish are seventh.
The American Athletic Conference, Big Ten Conference and Conference USA all have four teams in the field. The Ohio State University (13-6-2) is the No. 9 seed, University of Maryland, College Park (10-5-5) is 10th, University of South Florida (11-5-3) is 14th and Indiana University, Bloomington (12-4-3) is the 16th seed.
The University of California, Los Angeles (10-8-1) is making its 43rd tournament appearance, the most of any team in the field and second all-time (Saint Louis University – 48) as it looks for a fifth national championship.
The University of North Florida (10-6-1), Radford University (14-3-2) and Utah Valley University (14-5-2) are all making their first appearance in the tournament field.