Howard University's soccer team, ranked 12th nationally, will find out by Monday whether it will receive a NCAA postseason bid in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Most observers expect the Bison, 9-2-2 and the top seed in the region, to receive of one the two bids offered by the five-member selection committee, headed by Coach Bob Vanderwarker of James Madison University. The committee will decide Sunday night after the conclusion of the Virginia state tournament. Under NCAA rules, its decision must be announced by Monday.
The other bid is expected to go to second-seeded Old Dominion University (12-4), which Howard defeated, 3-1, on Nov. 5. Third-ranked West Virginia (10-2-3), the top seed in the region most of the year, is not considered a likely candidate because of its relatively weak schedule and because it was tied by nonpower Frostburg State and lost to Towson State in its last two games.
Other teams given an outside shot are fourth-rated George Mason (10-3-3), fifth-seeded William and Mary (11-6-1) and sixth-ranked American (9-5-1), which represented the region last year. If Howard is selected, it will host the second team in a game that must be played by Nov. 26.