The bracket for the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament was released on Monday, with UNC earning the No. 3 overall seed after a fantastic regular season which saw the Tar Heels win the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia will host Fordham or St. Francis (N.Y.) in the second round at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Virginia Tech-Air Force game will be played this Thursday at a time that is yet to be determined. The Badgers will be making their first NCAA appearance since 2013.
Omaha advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a Summit League Tournament championship over the weekend. The Irish are a combined 4-5-2 (.455) against fellow NCAA Championship competitors this season, including a 2-0-2 mark in matches played at Alumni Stadium.
Three more teams from the commonwealth are in the field.
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The Demon Deacons (17-1-2) receive a first-round bye, and will play the victor of Wednesday's game between William & Mary (11-4-5) and Columbia (11-2-3). The Panthers' hold an 11-1-4 record with its lone loss coming in the Conference USA tournament. The victor of that game will move onto face No. 12 seed Notre Dame on November 19 in Indiana.
Coach Chris Norris was hopeful that his team would be awarded a home opener.
Four other Big Ten teams also made the tournament: the 15-0-5 Indiana Hoosiers, 12-5-2 Michigan Wolverines, 10-5-3 Maryland Terrapins and the Big Ten Tournament champion 10-4-5 Wisconsin Badgers. The 2017 NCAA College Cup will be contested on December 8 (national semifinals) and December 10 (national final) at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, live on ESPN2.