Nov. 6, 2006
For the second straight year, Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara will represent the West Coast Conference in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Broncos earned a No. 10 national seed and will have a first round bye before hosting a second round contest on November 15. The Dons, who earned the program's third straight postseason selection, will host New Mexico in first round action on Friday night.
Santa Clara posted a 12-4-4 record this year en route to its ninth WCC men's soccer regular season title, and will be making the program's fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The selection marks the 17th for a Bronco program that claimed a share of the 1989 national championship and has made five College Cup appearances. As one of the tournament's top-16 seeds, Santa Clara has a bye into the second round and will host the winner of the Creighton vs. Washington first round contest that is slated for this weekend in Seattle.
San Francisco will be making its third straight postseason appearance, and will be hosting a first round contest for the second time in the last three seasons. It marks the 30th postseason selection for the USF program, with the Dons having won NCAA Championships four times between 1966-1980. New Mexico, the MPSF champion and the runner-up to Maryland in last season's NCAA Tournament, will visit Negoesco Stadium on Friday in first round action with the winner advancing to take on No. 13 seed California in second round play on November 15.
This season marks the sixth straight year and the 18th time in conference history that the WCC has received multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament. West Coast Conference teams have made 73 postseason appearances among six different member institutions since the NCAA competition began, advancing to 17 College Cups and claiming five national titles during that stretch. Santa Clara is the last WCC team to have appeared in a College Cup, advancing to college soccer's "Final Four" in 2003.