The 2019 DII men's soccer semifinals are set and are heading Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this coming Thursday, Dec. 11. While tournament regulars Lynn and Charleston (WV) found their way back to the final four teams standing, Indianapolis has had a program-defining run to its first-ever semis.
Lynn, Charleston (WV), UIndy and Cal State L.A. will play in this year's semifinals. Cal State L.A. landed the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 UIndy on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. ET. No. 2 seed Charleston (WV) will take on No. 3 Lynn, also on the 12th, at 8 p.m. ET.
Here's your one-stop-shop to the tournament where you can find updates, schedules, scores and the bracket.
The DII men's soccer championship: The semifinals
Thursday, Dec. 12
The DII men's soccer championship: The quarterfinals
Sunday, Dec. 8
No. 9 UIndy 1, No. 3 Maryville 0: Two teams entered Sunday's play looking to advance to their first semifinals. It was UIndy's Ben Rohder's shot that deflected into the net of a defender that served as the game-winner. UIndy completes the field of four heading to Pittsburgh after a Saturday dominated by higher seeds.
Saturday, Dec. 7
All three winners had something in common on Saturday. Nary a goal was scored on any of them. Charleston (WV) won 2-0, Lynn won 3-0, and Cal State L.A. won 2-0. The Golden Eagles were predicted right here on NCAA.com in August to bring the title back to the West Coast. Lynn and Charleston (WV) could be heading for yet another memorable postseason showdown. The two met in the championship match in both 2014 and 2017 which each team winning one.
Here were Saturday's scores:
Saturday, Dec. 7
- No. 3 Charleston (WV) 2, No. 4 Franklin Pierce 0
- No. 1 Lynn 3, No. 3 Wingate 0
- No. 2 Cal State L.A. 3, No. 5 Cal State San Bernardino 0
The DII men's soccer championship: Third-round recap
There were just two games in action Friday, but they are good ones.
- UIndy kept its historic season alive. The Greyhounds reached the quarterfinals for the first time in program history thanks to the electric pair of brothers. The Javier and Alejandro Steinwascher accounted for all the goals scored in the 3-2 victory over Ohio Valley.
- Maryville and Bellarmine couldn't be a better way to end the third-round. The third meeting between the two was scoreless in the first half before Bellarmine finally broke the ice in the second. Maryville scored twice in the final six minutes however to seal the deal and advance.
Here are Friday's scores along with the quarterfinal matches we know so far:
Friday, Dec. 6
There weren't too many surprises on Thursday. No. 3 Charleston (WV) was the only lower seed to advance, which was hardly an upset over No. 2 Gannon. That said, several DII men's soccer heavyweights are still alive and well in the tournament. Along with Charleston, Lynn — the final No. 1 seed remaining — advanced to yet another quarterfinals in its esteemed history. In the closest game of the night, No. 2 Cal State L.A. eked by No. 3 St. Mary's needing both overtimes and every penalty kick to seal the deal.
Here's Thursday's scoreboard:
Thursday, Dec. 5
- No. 4 Franklin Pierce 2, No. 9 Post 1
- No. 3 Charleston (WV) 3, No. 2 Gannon 0
- No. 1 Lynn 2, No. 4 Florida Tech 1
- No. 3 Wingate 3, No. 2 Palm Beach Atlantic 1
- No. 5 Cal State San Bernardino 2, No. 8 Colorado School of Mines 1
- No. 2 Cal State L.A. 1, No. 3 St. Mary's (TX) 1 (Cal State L.A. advances on PKs)
The DII men's soccer championship: What to happened in Round 2
- The big story from the first weekend was the early exit by Azusa Pacific. The Cougars entered the tournament as the top seed and No. 1 team in the country and were handed their first loss of the season by Colorado School of Mines. The Orediggers move on behind an impressive 2-1 victory.
- Two other No. 1 seeds fell as well. No. 9 seeded Post pulled off the mini-upset in the first round, taking down No. 8 Millersville, but posted a shutout in taking down top-seeded Adelphi. UIndy continued its incredible run by ousting No. 1-seed Lake Erie from the tournament. The Greyhounds await Ohio Valley in Round 3.
- That leaves Lynn as the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament. The Fighting Knights are no stranger to deep runs, having appeared in four championship matches since 2010.
- Here were the scores and stats from the second round:
Saturday, Nov. 23
- Charleston (WV) 5, Mercy 0
- UIndy 2, Lake Erie 0
- Franklin Pierce 1, Wilmington (DE) 0
- Post 1, Adelphi 0
- St. Mary's (TX) 5, Western Washington 0
- Lynn 1, Queens (NC) 0
- Bellarmine 0, Cedarville 0 (Bellarmine advances on PKs)
- Florida Tech 2, West Florida 1
- Colorado School at Mines 2, Azusa Pacific 1
- Cal State LA 3, Midwestern State 0
- Cal State San Bernadino 1, Cal Poly Pomona 0
Sunday, Nov. 24
- Gannon 5, Assumption 0
- Maryville 1, Tiffin 0
- Ohio Valley 2, McKendree 0
- Palm Beach Atlantic 2, Francis Marion 1
- Wingate 5, Young Harris 2
2019 DII men's soccer championship second round: How we got here
Forty teams entered the tournament and with Friday's completion of the first round, 32 teams remain in the hunt on the road to Pittsburgh, Penn. from Dec. 12 -14 where the 2019 national champion will be crowned. Thursday's action started with a bang as Indianapolis defeated Fort Hays State 3-2 in the first game of the tournament. It was another first as well, as the Greyhounds picked up their first NCAA tournament win in their DII men's soccer history.
Just four teams were left to sort things out on Friday to wrap up the first round. West Chester and Assumption dueled in the first game on Friday's DII men's soccer championship action. It took nearly 106 minutes to decide, but Assumption put the golden goal in the back of the net in the second overtime. Later in the day, Francis Marion and Limestone battles into the overtime before Oliver Peters sent Francis Marion to the second round with the golden goal.
Thursday, Nov. 21 (all times Eastern)
- Indianapolis 3, Fort Hays State 2
- Post 3, Millersville 2
- Queens (NC) 1, Lee 1 (Queens wins on PKs, 5-4)
- Cedarville 0, Wisconsin-Parkside 0 (Cedarville wins on PKs, 5-4)
- Colorado School of Mines 2, Texas A&M-International 1
- Midwestern State 1, UC San Diego 0
Friday, Nov. 22
The new format for the DII men's soccer championship
This year, the DII men's soccer championship consists of 40 teams. The schools were selected from four Super Regions — 10 apiece — to fill the bracket. Of those 40, schools, 18 earned automatic bids to the tournament by winning their respective conference tournaments. We tracked those tournaments and champions, which you can check out in the link below:
History of the DII men's soccer championship
The drought for a repeat champion will continue into its 20th season in 2019. Barry, which won its first title in 2018 over West Chester, failed to repeat its success and did not make the tournament. That means the last program to go back-to-back wasn't even this millennium when Southern Connecticut State won in 1998 and 1999.
Here is a complete history of the DII men's soccer championship match.
|YEAR||CHAMPION (RECORD)||COACH||SCORE||RUNNER-UP||HOST OR SITE|
|2018||Barry (16-4-3)||Steve McCrath||2-1||West Chester||Pittsburgh, Pa|
|2017||Charleston (W. Va.) (21-1-2)||Dan Stratford||0-0 (3-1 PKs)||Lynn||Kansas City, Mo.|
|2016||Wingate (19-1-0)||Gary Hamill||2-0||Charleston (W.Va.)||Kansas City, Mo.|
|2015||Pfeiffer (25-0-0)||Bob Reasso||4-0||Cal Poly Pomona||Pensacola, Fla.|
|2014||Lynn (19-1-1)||John Rootes||3-2||Charleston (W.Va.)||Louisville, Ky.|
|2013||So. New Hampshire (22-1-1)||Marc Hubbard||2-1||Carson-Newman||Evans, Ga.|
|2012||Lynn (20-2-1)||John Rootes||3-2||Saginaw Valley State||Evans, Ga.|
|2011||Fort Lewis (24-1-0)||Oige Kennedy||3-2 (OT)||Lynn||Pensacola, Fla.|
|2010||Northern Kentucky (20-2-3)||John Basalyga||3-2||Rollins||Louisville, Ky.|
|2009||Fort Lewis (24-1)||Oige Kennedy||1-0||Lees-McRae||Tampa|
|2008||Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-2-4)||Joe Flanagan||3-0||Dowling||Tampa|
|2007||Franklin Pierce (17-2-4)||Marco Koolman||1-0||Lincoln Memorial||Orange Beach, Ala.|
|2006||Dowling (22-0-2)||John DiRico||1-0||Fort Lewis||Pensacola, Fla.|
|2005||Fort Lewis (22-0-1)||Jeremy Gunn||3-1||Franklin Pierce||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|2004||Seattle (22-0-1)||Peter Fewing||2-1||SIU Edwardsville||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|2003||Lynn (22-0-1)||Shaun Pendleton||2-1||Chico State||Virginia Beach|
|2002||Sonoma State (20-3-1)||Marcus Ziemer||4-3||Southern New Hampshire||Virginia Beach|
|2001||Tampa (19-0-2)||Keith Fulk||2-1||Cal State Dominguez Hills||Tampa|
|2000||Cal State Dominguez Hills (23-1-1)||Joe Flanagan||2-1 (4ot)||Barry||Barry|
|1999||Southern Connecticut State (20-0)||Tom Lang||2-1 (2ot)||Fort Lewis||Barry|
|1998||Southern Connecticut State (20-2-1)||Tom Lang||1-0||South Carolina Upstate||South Carolina Upstate|
|1997||Cal State Bakersfield (20-4)||Simon Tobin||1-0||Lynn||Lynn|
|1996||Grand Canyon (12-4-5)||Peter Duah, Petar Draskin||3-1||Oakland||Grand Canyon|
|1995||Southern Connecticut State (21-1-1)||Ray Reid||2-0||South Carolina Upstate||South Carolina Upstate|
|1994||Tampa (15-2-1)||Tom Fitzgerald||3-0 (2ot)||Oakland||Tampa|
|1993||Seattle Pacific (18-2-1)||Cliff McCrath||1-0||Southern Connecticut State||Florida Tech|
|1992||Southern Connecticut State (21-2-1)||Ray Reid||1-0||Tampa||Tampa|
|1991||Florida Tech (19-2-1)||Rick Stottler||5-1||Sonoma State||Florida Tech|
|1990||Southern Connecticut State (22-0-1)||Ray Reid||1-0 (4ot)||Seattle Pacific||Florida Tech|
|1989||Southern New Hampshire (22-1-2)||John Rootes||3-1||UNC Greensboro||UNC Greensboro|
|1988||Florida Tech (15-6)||Rick Stottler||3-2||Cal State Northridge||Cal State Northridge|
|1987||Southern Connecticut State (17-1-3)||Bob Dikranian||2-0||Cal State Northridge||Tampa|
|1986||Seattle Pacific (17-4-2)||Cliff McCrath||4-1||Oakland||Seattle Pacific|
|1985||Seattle Pacific (20-3)||Cliff McCrath||3-2||FIU||FIU|
|1984||FIU (14-4-3)||Karl Kremser||1-0 (ot)||Seattle Pacific||Seattle Pacific|
|1983||Seattle Pacific (16-4-1)||Cliff McCrath||1-0||Tampa||Tampa|
|1982||FIU (16-3-1)||Karl Kremser||2-1||Southern Connecticut State||FIU|
|1981||Tampa (15-0-3)||Jay Miller||1-0 (ot)||Cal State Los Angeles||Southern Connecticut State|
|1980||Lock Haven (21-0-0)||Michael Parker||1-0 (ot)||FIU||FIU|
|1979||Alabama A&M (22-1)||Salah Yousif||2-0||Eastern Illinois||FIU|
|1978||Seattle Pacific (18-5-4)||Cliff McCrath||1-0 (3ot)||Alabama A&M||FIU|
|1977||Alabama A&M (16-1)||Salah Yousif||2-1||Seattle Pacific||FIU|
|1976||Loyola Maryland (21-1)||Jim Bullington||2-0||New Haven||Seattle Pacific|
|1975||Baltimore (16-2-1)||Dick Edell||3-1||Seattle Pacific||Seattle Pacific|
|1974||Adelphi (16-1-1)||Menahem Less||3-2||Seattle Pacific||Missouri-St. Louis|
|1973||Missouri-St. Louis (11-0-3)||Don Dallas||3-0||Cal State Fullerton||Springfield|
|1972||SIU Edwardsville (11-0-3)||Bob Guelker||1-0||Oneonta State||SIU Edwardsville|