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Falcons headed to NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament

Published 7:40pm Monday, November 5, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fresh off a Peach Belt Conference tournament championship, the University of Montevallo men’s soccer team earned its seventh trip to the NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament in program history following the announcement of the 48-team field Nov. 5.

The Falcons (13-4-2) are the No. 5 seed in the Super Region 2 of the NCAA Division II tournament. Montevallo will face No. 4 seed Wingate University (10-5-1), a member of the South Atlantic Conference, in the first round of the Super Region 2 tournament Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to face No. 1 seed Lander University (12-2-2) in the second round of the Super Region 2 tournament Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon.

The NCAA Division II tournament switched from an eight-region format to a four super-region format this season.

“I think it’s a great honor and it’s well deserved,” said Montevallo coach Ken Hassler. “Our boys played extremely well this year. We’re excited about the opportunity to compete for the National Championship.”

The NCAA Division II men’s soccer Final Four will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., the site where the Falcons made a run to the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship.

Four Peach Belt Conference schools advanced to the Super Region 2 tournament. Host Lander University is the top seed, followed by Flagler College as the No. 2 seed.

Mars Hill College, out of the South Atlantic Conference, is the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a 14-2-4 record. UNC Pembroke, a Peach Belt Conference school, is the No. 6 seed with a 11-5-1 record.

The bid marks the third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II tournament for the Falcons, who hosted a NCAA Division II tournament match in 2010.

The Falcons also participated in the NCAA Division II South Region tournament in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a member of the Gulf South Conference.

Montevallo claimed the South Region championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinal match in its best showing in the NCAA tournament in 2007.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

2004 Rollins Loss 1-0 (OT)

2006 West Florida Loss-PK 1-1

2007 Tampa Won-PK 1-1

Lees-McRae Won 2-0

Lincoln Memorial Loss 1-0 (2OT)

2008 Tampa Loss 1-0

2010 Anderson Loss-PK 1-1

2011 Mars Hill Loss 3-0

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