Maryland, Va. Tech Get 1st-Round Byes

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Maryland and Virginia Tech received first-round byes in the NCAA men's soccer tournament yesterday, but Virginia will have to play on the opening weekend.

The Terrapins (10-5-4) are the No. 13 seed in the 48-team tournament and will play Liberty (13-4-2) or Loyola, Md. (18-3-0) at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at Ludwig Field in College Park. The 2005 champions, who are making their 13th NCAA appearance in the last 14 years, saw their 10-game unbeaten streak end against Virginia Tech in the ACC tournament quarterfinals last week.

Liberty, which won the Big South title to earn its first NCAA berth, will travel to Baltimore on Saturday to face Loyola, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion. The Terrapins won the only meeting against the Flames and are 25-8-6 against the Greyhounds.

If the seedings hold true, Maryland would have to go on the road in the round of 16 and play No. 4 seed Indiana (13-4-4).

The 11th-seeded Hokies (11-3-5) were selected for the third consecutive year and will await the winner of the UC Davis-California first-round match. That second-round game will be played at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in Blacksburg.

Virginia (11-7-2) was in danger of missing the tournament for the first time since 1980, but received one of the 26 at-large berths and will play St. Peter's (15-5-1) at 5 p.m. Friday in Charlottesville. With a 4-6-0 record since a 7-1-2 start and playing without injured star forward Yannick Reyering, the Cavaliers hope to earn a trip to No. 15 seed West Virginia (13-5-2) next week.

ACC champion Boston College (15-4-1) is the tournament's top seed, followed by Wake Forest (17-2-2) and Connecticut (18-2-1). Defending champion UC Santa Barbara is seeded 12th. The final four will be held Dec. 14-16 in Cary, N.C.

-- Steven Goff

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