UK Men’s Soccer to Play Creighton in NCAA Second Round

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in program history the Kentucky men’s soccer team will begin the NCAA Tournament in the second round.

The Wildcats earned the eighth NCAA Tournament bid in program history. Kentucky was given a national seed and the first-round bye that goes along with it for the first time.

The No. 16-seed Wildcats will host Creighton, Sunday at The Bell.

Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on SEC Network+ streaming live via WatchESPN/ESPN3.

The setup
Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament with a 2016 record of won 11, lost 4, drew 3.

Creighton defeated Tulsa 3-0 in the NCAA first round, in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday to advance to play UK in Lexington.

The Bluejays are 12-6-3 this season, and reached the Big East Tournament final.

Kentucky is making its third consecutive NCAA appearance and fourth in the past five seasons.

The Wildcats are 1-7-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

Kentucky is undefeated at home this season (8-0-2).

Napo Matsoso leads UK with eight goals and four assists, while Charlie Reymann has a team-high nine assists. Reymann entered the NCAA Tournament tied for eighth nationally in assits.

Goalkeeper Stuart Ford has nine total shutouts (one combined) and a 0.74 goals against average.

The quote
“We’re really excited about this game,” senior captain Charlie Reymann said. “It’s been more than a week since we played last so we’ve had time to prepare. We’ve been wanting to get to The Tournament all year – especially getting to the second round and seeing what happens so we’re looking forward to Sunday.”

The logistics
Tickets are available from the UK ticket office and online for $8 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 3-18) and seniors (ages 65+).  Fans aged two and younger get in for free.

UK students with valid ID will be provided a complimentary ticket, courtesy of UK Athletics, by checking in at the marketing gazebo at the main entrance. Fans may purchase tickets in advance by ordering online or by calling (800) 928-2287. Fans may also purchase tickets in person beginning on Thursday at The Bell ticket windows.

NCAA Tournament notables
For the third season in a row and fourth time in the last five years the Kentucky men’s soccer team earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament. 

The Wildcats earned the No. 16 national seed, receiving the first-round bye that goes along with it for the first time in program history.

Kentucky’s best NCAA Tournament finish was a Sweet 16 in 2000.

Kentucky has now made the NCAA Tournament in all-but one of head coach Johan Cedergren’s five years at the helm of the program. Cedergren reached four NCAA Tournaments in quicker succession than any other coach in UK history.

The Wildcats dropped their most recent NCAA Tournament game, 2-1 to Drake at The Bell last season.

The NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship has a field of 48 teams. Twenty-three conference champions qualify automatically; the balance of the field was selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee.

The precedent
Creighton leads the all-time series against Kentucky 2-0-0. 

The teams have not played each in Lexington. 

The Bluejays defeated the Wildcats 2-0 during their last meeting on Sept. 21, 2011 in Omaha.

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