Men’s Soccer: Vermont Earns NCAA Bid … to Host Rider on Thursday Night

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The University of Vermont men’s soccer team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament on Monday after getting a nod from the NCAA Selection Committee. UVM will host Rider in the first round of the tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday night (Nov. 17) at Virtue Field.

The Catamounts were one of 24 teams to receive an at-large bid into the 48-team field. UVM finished the regular season with three straight wins for a 12-5-1 overall record and a 4-3-0 mark in conference play. Vermont earned the No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament and muscled a 2-1 double overtime comeback victory over Binghamton in the America East quarterfinals. UVM’s run to defend its America East title fell short in the semifinal round with a 2-0 loss at No. 2 Albany.

Vermont’s 13 wins this year are tied for the second most in program history. The Catamounts will be making their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and 10th overall. UVM will host a first round NCAA game for just the second time in school history and the first since beating UConn 2-0 in 1989 at Centennial Field. Vermont also advanced to the NCAA second round in 2007 after defeating Dartmouth.

The Catamounts will host Rider in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (Nov. 17) at 7 p.m. under the lights at Virtue Field. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday (Nov. 15) at 9 a.m. by Adult tickets are $12 for reserved and $10 for general admission, while tickets for children 17 and under are available for $5 each. The first 500 UVM students attending the game will receive free admission.