Penn State Men's Soccer Team Receives No. 10 Seed In NCAA Tournament
Nittany Lions will play host to winner of Tulsa versus Michigan State game Nov. 23
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2004) - The 12th-ranked Penn State men's soccer team was rewarded for playing one of the toughest schedules in the country this season when it received the No. 10 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which was announced live on ESPNEWS on Monday.
It is the first time that the Nittany Lions have ever received a seed in the NCAA Tournament since the NCAA started assigning them in 1994.
"Obviously I'm pleased," said Penn State head coach Barry Gorman, who will lead the Nittany Lions into the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time. "I'm pleased for our program, players, fans and administration. I think it's a just reward for going out and playing the kind of schedule that we did."
The Nittany Lions, who will be making their 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, will play host to the winner of the Tulsa versus Michigan State game at 6 p.m. Nov. 23, at Jeffrey Field. Penn State defeated then-No. 25 Tulsa 3-2 in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 24.
Tickets to the game will be $7 for adults, and $3 for youth, student and senior citizens. There will not be advanced sales. All tickets can be purchased at the gate on gameday.
The Nittany Lions also defeated the Spartans 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 24, at Jeffrey Field. Michigan State (12-6-1) rallied at the end of the season to win its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title.
The Big Ten had an NCAA-best, and a conference-record, six teams selected to participate in this year's NCAA Tournament. Defending national champion Indiana received the No. 2 seed and will join the Nittany Lions, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State in the field of 48. The Big East and the ACC each had five teams selected to play in the tournament.
"This has been the best of all seasons for the Big Ten," Gorman said. "I was a little surprised that we got six teams in, but it just shows the strength of the conference."
Penn State, which is 10-4-7, ended its regular season with a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), but then lost 1-0 in the first round of the Big Ten Championship against Northwestern.
"The players were delighted with the selection," Gorman said. "They're happy to get in and they're happy that they are going to get a chance to play at Jeffery Field again."
On its 20-game regular season schedule, the Nittany Lions played 12 of the teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament, compiling a 5-3-5 mark against those teams.
"I think there are a lot of tough teams in the tournament," Gorman said. "But again, at this time of the year, you'll take it. It goes back to my old saying that if you want to be then best then you have to play and beat the best."
For more information on Penn State men's soccer, please visit our official athletics website at www.GoPSUsports.com .
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