Men's Soccer Gets Bye; To Host NCAA Game

The No. 18/15 West Virginia University men's soccer team is seeded No. 15 and receives a first round bye in the NCAA men's soccer tournament. The Mountaineers will face the winner of the Virginia/St. Peter's match on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU returns to the national tournament for the third consecutive year and just the fifth time in program history. This is the second straight year the Mountaineers have been seeded, both under head coach Marlon LeBlanc.

"I'm very pleased that we are one of the seeded teams and I am very happy with the team," LeBlanc said. "We are going to take the next week to heal and to scout both Virginia and St. Peter's."

West Virginia is currently on a seven game unbeaten streak and is 7-1-2 over its last 10 games. Just 16 teams out of the 48-member tournament are seeded and have a first round bye. WVU's game time is set tentatively set for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

"It means so much for us to be playing at home in our stadium," senior co-captain Andy Wright said. "I've said it before and I'll say it again, our fans are amazing, it's like having a 12th man on the field."

Also, senior defender Pat Carroll has been named an ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-American announced today by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The athletic coaching education major was named to the Third Team, University Division, after posting a 3.60 cumulative GPA. The senior is just the second in Mountaineer men's soccer history to earn the award. Carlos Iga earned the first Academic All-America honor in 1998. Carroll is a key part of the WVU defensive line that has only allowed eight goals on the season while posting 13 shutouts. Both are new school records.

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