Men's Soccer

[8/7] Denver Earns First Round Bye in NCAA Tournament

Nov. 16, 2015

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The [8/7] University of Denver men's soccer team earned the No. 13 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will play the winner of SMU and Utah Valley on Sunday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced during its 2015 Men's Soccer Championship Selection Show on Monday. Kickoff time is set for 5 p.m. MT on Sunday. Ticket information will be announced on Tuesday.

"I think the guys deserve the NCAA Tournament bye and home game," head coach Jamie Franks said. "We haven't lost this season, we're focused, we're prepared and we're healthy, and I'm just excited for the guys to be able to compete at this level again. This is what we've been preparing for the last 10 months."

The Pioneers home game on Sunday will be the program's first NCAA Tournament home game in their history.

DU is unbeaten through the first 18 matches for the first time in its Division I history, and remains the only unbeaten team in the nation heading into this year's NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers currently hold a 29-match home unbeaten streak which is the longest active in the country and the 11th-longest in NCAA history. Since the arrival of Franks as an assistant in 2012, Denver is 34-2-4 at home.

Denver (15-0-3) has been in the top-10 of the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America poll and the College Soccer News poll since September 29. In the poll released this morning, the Pioneers were No. 7 in the College Soccer News poll.

The Pioneers won their third-consecutive Summit League Tournament on Saturday, defeating Oral Roberts 2-0 at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. In the win, Denver kept its seventh-straight clean sheet, the longest streak in Denver's Division I history (702:18). On Saturday, Franks and the Pioneers also picked up their 50th victory since Franks joined the staff in 2012 (50-17-11).


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