The Washington men’s soccer team began the season ranked No. 23. On Monday, the Huskies were given the No. 2 overall seed for the NCAA tournament.
The Huskies (14-1-4) clinched the Pac-12 title Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Oregon State.
The Huskies have a first-round bye in the tournament. Sunday at 5 p.m., they’ll face the winner of Thursday’s match between Creighton (9-8-2) and Seattle University (10-8-4), which won the WAC tournament. The Thursday game is 5 p.m. PDT in Omaha.
“The coaches expected a lot from us at the beginning of the season, but no one ever knew that it would turn out the way it has,” Washington forward Darwin Jones said. “We’re confident we can make a deep run.”
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The Huskies were hoping to earn the No. 1 seed, but Pac-12 rival UCLA was given the top spot. California is the No. 4 seed and Stanford was also selected.
Washington is statistically the best offensive and defensive team in the Pac-12.
“Our back line is tough to beat. We’ll create a number of chances in set pieces, and if it’s a day we’re playing well, then that’s a third component,” UW coach Jamie Clark said.
The Redhawks became the first Seattle U men’s team to qualify for an NCAA Division I tournament since the men’s basketball team made an appearance in 1969.