Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team will face UNC Wilmington Thursday, Nov. 16, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced via the NCAA Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Blue Hose, who are making their first appearance in the Division I NCAA Tournament, are facing the Seahawks for the second time, the first meeting a 2-1 win for PC in 2013.
The Blue Hose enter the tournament with a 6-8-5 record after winning the Big South Tournament. PC played back to back overtime draws, advancing to the NCAA Tournament off penalty kicks in both matches.
Leading PC is Clement Vannier with five goals, and Sergio Pinto with three goals and four assists. Connor Behrend has minded the net for 1634:12 minutes this season and has carried a 0.94 goals against average, and a .798 save percentage.
The Seahawks are 11-7-0 on the season. In the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament, they went 1-1 with a win over the College of Charleston before falling to William and Mary.
Leading the Seahawks are Phillip Goodrum with seven goals, and Emil Elveroth and Julio Moncada, who have five goals apiece. Ryan Cretens has played every minute in goal has a 1.14 goals against average and a .650 save percentage.
“We are just very excited to represent this college in the NCAA Tournament,” said PC head coach Jonathan Potter. “We are very excited for the next challenge. Aidan Heaney does a great job over there. We have our work cut out for us but we are very excited to represent our college on this stage.”
This is the second trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Hose overall, having gone to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1995.
“They are a tough team and it is a relatively close distance to travel,” said Behrend. “We have heard very positive things about them and they will be a difficult team to play so we will get our strategy and hope to make it to the weekend.”
The winner between PC and UNCW advance to the second round to face #3-seed North Carolina on Sunday, November 19, in Chapel Hill, N.C.