INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Committee announced the field of 62 teams for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
For the second year in a row, #18 UW-Platteville was selected as an at large bid from Pool B. UW-Platteville (12-2-3) will face Carthage College (12-8-1) Friday at 5:30 p.m. EST at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The winning team of that match up will play the winner of #3 Calvin (17-1-0) versus Greenville (15-4-2) on Saturday.
Forty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, as well as members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 19 berths were reserved for Pool C, which includes institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their conference championship and any remaining Pool B teams.
All tournament games leading up to the national semifinals will be played on the campuses of the competing institutions. Two sites will host three teams for first- and second- round competition Nov. 9 and 10 or 10 and 11. Fourteen sites will host four teams for first-and second-round competition Nov. 9 and 10 or 10 and 11.
Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites Nov. 16 and 17 or 17 and 18. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national semifinals, which take place Nov. 30 at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with UNC Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Commission serving as hosts. The national championship game will be played Dec. 1. The Division III women's soccer national semifinals and championship games will also be held at UNCG Soccer Stadium Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Schedule at Calvin (Zuidema Field)
Friday – November 9
Calvin (17-1-0) vs Greenville (15-4-2) at 3 p.m. EST
UW-Platteville (12-2-3) vs Carthage (12-8-1) at 5:30 p.m. EST
Saturday – November 10 – Regional Final
Calvin/Greenville winner vs UW-Platteville/Carthage winner at 5 p.m.
$6 for adults- general admission / $3 for senior citizens, members of the military and students / $2 for children ages 2-to-12.
Conferences and Teams Receiving Automatic Qualification (42)
Pool B Berths (1):
Pool C Berths (19):
Case Western Reserve
Franklin & Marshall
New York University
Rochester (New York)
St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Log on to ncaa.com for more information regarding the 2018 championship, including the complete bracket with dates and sites. Messiah is the defending national champion, having defeated North Park 2-1 in last year's championship game.