UNH men’s soccer: Wildcats earn bid in NCAA Tournament

  • The UNH men’s soccer team earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament on Monday. JOEY WALKERUNH Athletics

Monitor staff
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team earned an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament and will host Fairfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in Durham. The men’s soccer program will be participating in only its second NCAA Tournament in program history and it will be the program’s first time hosting a tournament match.

The Wildcats earned their at-large bid by finishing with a 12-3-4 overall record. The Wildcats went 4-2-1 in America East and finished fourth in the regular season standings. UNH defeated Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals, 1-0, before dropping its semifinal match to UMass-Lowell, 2-1.

The Fairfield Stags earned their spot in the tournament by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Albany Great Danes, the America East champions, are the only other America East squad to earn a selection.

The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 27-11 through 19 matches. Their defense is particularly stingy, totaling 10 shutouts. UNH’s 0.54 goals against average is ranked eighth in the nation.

The first time the men’s soccer team made the NCAA Tournament was in 1994 when the Wildcats received an at-large bid. UNH lost to Brown in overtime, 3-2, in Providence, R.I.

If the Wildcats win Thursday’s match against the Stags, UNH will square off against No. 15 Dartmouth in the second round.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at unhwildcats.com, at the Whittemore Center box office or by calling 862-4000.