SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Missouri State Men’s Soccer team felt it deserved a bye in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
They finally got it.
The Bears first match of the 2020 College Cup will be against Maryland in the second round on May 2.
“Right away as soon as the selection was over we had a meeting with the guys,” Associate Head Coach/Sports Director Michael Seabolt said. “One of the first things I asked was what did we learn from 2019 that we want to share with the guys that haven’t been there. A couple of the guys had a couple of ideas and shared that with the team. Then we got down to business.”
Missouri State (11-1) is making its fifth appearance in the tournament, but it’s the first time in program history that it is making back-to-back showings.
“Just that little bit of experience is going to help a lot, just kind of knowing what to expect a little bit, maybe get rid of some of the nerves, too,” Bears senior goalkeeper Michael Creek said. “Especially last season not knowing what to expect, but now we have a little bit of an idea to calm ourselves a little bit. I think that does make a difference.”
MSU picked up the automatic bid after winning the Missouri Valley Tournament Championship on Saturday against Loyola.
Maryland is a perennial power in Men’s Soccer. The Terps have won three national championships, the most recent in 2018.
Although the teams will play in the spring of 2021, the champion will go down as the 2020 College Cup champion.
All matches are scheduled to play in North Carolina.