The Rutgers men's soccer team (10-6-2, 6-4-1 BIG EAST) earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will host the University of Rhode Island (12-5-4) on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m., at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights, coming off a BIG EAST semifinal loss in a shootout to No. 4 West Virginia, finished the season on a 9-1-2 run to earn the bid into the NCAA tournament.
, playing in the tournament for the 17th time in team history and the first time since 2003, will face a Rhode Island
team that posted a 12-5-2 record and won the Atlantic-10 conference to earn an automatic bid into the tournament. The Scarlet Knights have not faced Rhode Island since 1994, and this will mark the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA invitation is head coach Bob Reasso's 13th since taking over the program 26 seasons ago, and the sixth since joining the BIG EAST. For Reasso, the significance of qualifying for the tournament hasn't lessened over the years.
"To see the first group up and to see our names in it was great," he said after watching the tournament selection with his players and coaching staff. "The longer you coach, the more you realize that any year you see the words 'NCAA Tournament' after it is a great year and it's such an honor to play for a national championship. The guys are excited and I think it's a good draw. NCAA tournament games are difficult no matter what, but to start out with a home game is big."