The Broncos earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid by claiming its first-ever league tournament title with a 5-0 win over Bowling Green Sunday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex. The winner will face No. 5 seed Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
WMU will be joined by fellow MAC members Akron and Kentucky, marking a record total of three MAC squads (out of seven) to be selected for the NCAA's. The Zips earned the No. 15 seed in the 48-team field and will have a first round bye (top 16 teams receive byes), while the Wildcats will host Cincinnati.
"We are excited for the opportunity to represent the University and the conference in postseason play," head coach Chris Karwoski said. "The team has put in the necessary work needed to be successful and is now starting to enjoy the rewards."
Western Michigan is enjoying one of its best seasons in program history and can set the school record for wins in a season with one more victory. The roster features four all-conference performers, including the leagues leading scorer, sophomore forward Jeff Hughes (34 points). Three other players have collected double figures in points, including junior midfielder Giuliano Teixeira. His 13 assists this year is a new program single-season record.
The Broncos concluded the regular season ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings, while the Panthers own the sixth position (Horizon League regular season and tournament champions).
WMU is 2-10-1 in 13 all-time meetings with UWM, including a 5-0 win at the WMU Soccer Complex during the 2000 campaign when the Panthers were regionally ranked.
Tickets for the match are $8 for the general public and $5 for students.
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