Nov. 12, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA men's soccer team earned the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon and will play the winner of Cal State Northridge and San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 pm in a second round matchup at Drake Stadium.
The Bruins (13-2-3) received an automatic bid to this year's tournament after winning their second straight Pac-12 Championship with an 8-1-1 conference record. This is also UCLA's 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 40th appearance overall. The Bruins' NCAA streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Virginia (32 straight appearances), and their 40 all-time NCAA appearances are second only to Saint Louis' 47.
Big West Conference champions Cal State Northridge (15-6-0) will host San Diego (11-8-0), champions of the West Coast Conference, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm PT in a first round matchup. The Matadors are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 while the Toreros are making their 13th all-time appearance in the Tournament.
"The tournament draw is what is and we know that anything can happen," said head coach Jorge Salcedo. "We realize that our first tournament game is always a battle, especially with two local teams being drawn against each other in the first round. With that said, we are eagerly looking forward to our game on Sunday."
The seeded teams in the tournament are: 1. Notre Dame, 2. Maryland, 3. Georgetown, 4. Connecticut, 5. Akron, 6. UCLA, 7. Marquette, 8. Saint Louis, 9. North Carolina, 10. Louisville, 11. Tulsa, 12. Creighton, 13. New Mexico, 14. VCU, 15. Wake Forest, 16. Indiana.
UCLA has won four NCAA titles (1985, 1990, 1997, 2002) and has advanced to the College Cup 13 times, making the final four most recently in 2011. The last three seasons, the Bruins have advanced to at least the Quarterfinal stage.
If UCLA wins its second round game, it will host the third round on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Drake Stadium.