NCAA Tournament Bracket
SEATTLE – It’s official, Washington men’s soccer is dancing, earning the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington earns a first-round bye and then will host the winner of Seattle U. and Creighton on Sunday, November 24, at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Washington earned their first Pac-12 title since 2000 and Monday found out it earned the top seed in its regional, meaning the Dawgs would host all the way to the College Cup should they advance.
The Dawgs have a very familiar looking bracket, having seen many of the teams in the recent past. Washington’s first round opponent will be either Seattle U. or Creighton, both familiar sides. Washington beat the Redhawks, 2-0, earlier this season and has played Seattle U. each of the past three years. Creighton knocked the Dawgs out of the tournament last year, defeating Washington, 4-2, in the second-round game in Omaha.
The other seeded teams in Washington’s region are No. 7 New Mexico, No. 10 UC Santa Barbara and No. 15 Cal-State Northridge. Northridge is a potential third round opponent, while New Mexico and UCSB would face each other in the third round should the seeds hold. Other West Coast teams, Stanford and Loyola Marymount are also in Washington’s region and could face UW with upset victories.
The Pac-12 dominated the seeds in the NCAA Tournament as the conference earned three of the top-four. UCLA earned the overall No. 1 seed, despite finishing behind Washington in the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins entered the week with the No. 1 RPI, which likely accounts for their selection as the top seed. California earned the No. 4 overall seed, despite losing its last two games, including at UW, which knocked them from the top spot in the conference.
The other top-four seed is Notre Dame, coached by Jamie’s father Bobby Clark. Should the seeds hold, the father/son matchup would take place in the College Cup with the winner earning a spot in the Championship Game.
The Dawgs finished the season with a record of 14-1-4, the only loss coming at UCLA. Washington opened the season on a 15-game unbeaten streak and finished with three-straight victories to claim the conference crown.
Washington faced five NCAA Tournament teams, including the three Pac-12 teams twice, Connecticut and Seattle U. In those games against tournament teams, Washington had a record of 4-1-3.
Looking ahead, if Washington were to advance the third round game would be Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m. and the quarterfinal, Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. Each would be played at the Husky Soccer Stadium. The College Cup for the final four teams is December 13 and 15 in Philadelphia, Pa.