Steve Burns and Fabio Pereira Villas Boas
Nov. 15, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA announced today (Monday, Nov. 15) that the University of Michigan men's soccer team has received the No. 10 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and will host the winner of South Florida and Central Florida on Sunday (Nov. 21) at 2 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Complex. The NCAA bid is Michigan's fourth overall and the first since the 2008 campaign.
The Wolverines, who earned the Big Ten's automatic bid by virtue of winning their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title last week (Thu-Sun., Nov. 11-14), have a 14-4-3 record and earn the program's highest national tournament seed and the highest among Big Ten schools. South Florida and Central Florida will meet on Thursday (Nov. 18) in Orlando, Fla.
The Wolverines have a 1-0 record against South Florida in the lone contest between the two teams. The teams met during the 2003 season, a 2-0 Michigan victory at the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wolverines have never played Central Florida.
U-M was the No. 11 seed in 2008 and was a No. 12 seed in 2003. Michigan reached the 2004 national tournament unseeded.
Five of the seven Big Ten Conference teams made the 48-team NCAA field. Ohio State, Indiana and Penn State also each earned first-round byes, while Michigan State will take on Oakland (Mich.) in the first round. This is the third straight year and the fourth time in conference history that five or more teams have earned bids to the tournament.
The NCAA third and quarterfinal rounds will be held at campus sites. Third-round matchups will be played on Nov. 28 and quarterfinals will be held Dec. 3-5. The four semifinalists will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the NCAA College Cup hosted by UC-Santa Barbara.
Tickets for Michigan's NCAA second round game will go on sale Wednesday (Nov. 17) beginning at 8:30 a.m. Fans can contact the University of Michigan Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 or toll-free at (866) 296-MTIX. Tickets will also be available for purchase on game day starting at 1 p.m. at the ticket booth near the east entrance to the U-M Soccer Stadium. Ticket prices are listed below:
Reserved Chair back Seats: $9
Adult General Admission: $7
Seniors/Students General Admission: $5
Age 5 and under: $1.00
Advanced Group Ticket Sales of 10+: $3 General Admission Tickets Only
Marketing Promotion: First 400 U-M students will receive free admission with student ID at the ticket gate on game day starting at 1 p.m.
Note: Parking for the match will be free
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423