WVU, USC Meet In NCAA Soccer Quarterfinals

Four-seed West Virginia will play second-seeded USC in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Championships tonight at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

The Trojans, forced to come to Morgantown because of a scheduling conflict with their field, become the sixth first-time opponent West Virginia has faced this season. Rhode Island, Xavier, Wake Forest and Cincinnati all traveled to Morgantown for the series' first meeting. WVU played a neutral site game against Texas A&M in State College, Pa.

West Virginia (18-4-2) and USC (17-3-2) have never met on the soccer field but the Mountaineers are 2-0 all-time against Pac-10 opponents. WVU defeated Arizona (1-0) at home in 2004, and Washington (1-0) in Portland, Ore., in 2005. This is USC's ninth trip to the NCAA tournament, in which the Trojans are now 8-8 all-time. The 17 wins this season are the most in program history.

The Mountaineers are playing in their eighth straight NCAA tournament and are 8-7 in 15 postseason matches. WVU, which carries a 10-game unbeaten streak into the weekend, has won 18 games this season, tying the 2002 team for most wins in a single season.

The winner of the quarterfinal match will advance to the College Cup on Dec. 7, in College Station, Texas. Ticket prices for this weekend are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and students. All WVU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID.

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