Hoosiers Earn No. 16 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's soccer team was awarded an at-large berth into the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, selected as the No. 16 seed in the field of 48 as announced by the NCAA Monday night.
As the No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers earn a first-round bye and will face the winner of Kentucky/Xavier on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youths and IU students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on game day.
"We were pretty confident heading into today, but with the way the season ended things could have gone differently," said senior captain Luis Soffner. "Our play earlier in the year really helped a lot. As a senior it is nice to get that top-16 seed and earn the first-round bye. We are excited for this next season."
"Obviously we are happy to get that top-16 seed," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "Getting that bye and a home game is a real confidence booster. With our body of work I thought this seed was well deserved. Now it is time to get it done on the field. We have to perform and we can't look past any games."
The Hoosiers finished the regular season and Big Ten Tournament play with an 11-5-3 record, 3-2-1 in Big Ten Conference action. The Hoosiers went 0-1 in the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-1 loss to Michigan State. Indiana again faced a tough schedule in 2012 as eight of Indiana's 18 regular-season opponents made the tournament field, including No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 5 Akron, No. 8 Saint Louis and No. 10 Louisville.
Indiana was one of four Big Ten teams to make the tournament field, joined by Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern. This season marks the fifth time in the last six years the Big Ten has had at least four teams earn bids to the tournament.
Indiana is 1-0 against Kentucky this season and leads the all-time series 23-1-3. The Hoosiers were 4-1 winners on Oct. 3 in Lexington, led by a two-goal, one-assist performance from sophomore Eriq Zavaleta. Zavaleta currently leads the Big Ten in scoring with 16 goals.
Despite the close proximity of the schools this would be the first-ever regular season meeting between Xavier and the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers are making their 26th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 37th overall. Indiana has an NCAA-best .733 (78-27-4) winning percentage in the tournament, while the 78 victories is also tops in the NCAA. Indiana has appeared in 17 College Cups, which leads all Division I teams, and won seven national titles, most recently in 2004.
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