SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference will be represented by multiple teams in the 48-field NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament for the first time since the 2009 season. Conference champion Portland and runner-up Pacific were selected for the field as announced Monday morning.
The two bids are the most for the league since the WCC was represented by four programs in the 2009 season. Portland is making its 15th appearance in the NCAA postseason and its first since that 2009 season. Pacific is making its first-ever appearance in the national tournament in just the third season since the program was reinstated in 2014.
Portland travels to face New Mexico Thursday night in Albuquerque with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. PT at the UNM Soccer Complex. Pacific travels to CSUN Thursday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at the Matador Soccer Field.
Portland (12-5-1, 6-1-0 WCC), who are under the guidance of first-year head coach Nick Carlin-Voigt, clinched the WCC Championship with a 1-0 win over the Saint Mary's Gaels in front of 4,362 fans at Merlo Field on Saturday night. Portland, which had only won one WCC game combined during the previous two seasons before Carlin-Voigt's arrival, rattled off five consecutive conference victories before clinching the automatic bid on the final day of the season. The Pilots will look to make their third NCAA College Cup after advancing to the pinnacle in 1988 and 1995.
Pacific (12-3-2, 4-1-2 WCC) completed one of the biggest turnarounds in the country in earning an NCAA at-large bid after winning just one game last season with a 1-15-1 record. Under the guidance of Ryan Jorden in the program’s third season, the Tigers have been receiving votes most of the season and are riding a six-match unbeaten streak.
In all, the WCC has made 89 NCAA appearances, culminating in 17 Final Four trips and five national titles. Last season, Santa Clara marched to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Cal State Fullerton in the first round.
West Coast Conference in the NCAA Tournament
Portland at New Mexico – Thursday, 6pm PT
Pacific at CSUN – Thursday, 7pm PT