WCC Sends Two To NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
San Francisco and Pacific earned bids to the postseason
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference will be represented by multiple teams in the 48-field NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament for the second consecutive season after conference champion San Francisco and runner-up Pacific were selected for the field as announced Monday morning.
The two bids match last season when Pacific and Portland were both selected. Pacific is making its second-ever appearance in the national tournament in just the fourth season since the program was reinstated in 2014. San Francisco is making its 32nd overall appearance and first since 2008.
San Francisco travels to face Cal Thursday afternoon in Berkeley with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT at Edwards Stadium. Pacific hosts Cal State Fullerton Thursday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at Knoles Field.
San Francisco (9-8-0, 6-1-0 WCC), who are under the guidance of third-year head coach Eddie Soto, clinched the WCC Championship with a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount Saturday night. The Dons started the season 3-8-0 with an 0-1-0 mark in conference play before rattling off six-straight wins to close the season. The last time the Dons advanced to the post season, they lost to Cal 3-0 in the first round, Nov. 21, 2008.
Pacific (12-4-1, 4-2-1 WCC), one season after completing one of the biggest turnarounds in the country in earning an NCAA at-large bid after winning just one game the season prior with a 1-15-1 record, has now won 24 games in the last two years. The Tigers are under the guidance of Ryan Jorden in the program’s fourth season.
In all, the WCC has made 91 NCAA appearances, culminating in 17 Final Four trips and five national titles. Last season, Pacific marched to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Cal State Northridge in the first round.
West Coast Conference in the NCAA Tournament
San Francisco at Cal – Thursday, 1:30pm PT
Cal State Fullerton at Pacific – Thursday, 7pm PT