Nov. 12, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB men's soccer team earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, as announced by NCAA officials on Monday. This is the Blazers' sixth time in the tournament in the last 14 years, and seventh time overall.
The Blazers will travel to Charlotte, N.C., for the first round game, playing in a rematch against the No. 18 Charlotte 49ers on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. In their last meeting, the Blazers battled the 49ers to a 1-1 tie at Transamerica Field on Aug. 31.
Last season, the Blazers also faced Charlotte to open the NCAA Tournament, and fell 3-1. The 49ers eventually made it to the national championship game, which was held at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., where they lost to North Carolina, 1-0.
UAB enters the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 10-7-1, and a 4-4 mark in C-USA action. At the Conference USA tournament, hosted by the Blazers last week, UAB took a 3-1 quarterfinal victory over UCF before falling to Tulsa in the semifinals, 1-0, in a double-overtime defensive standoff. Goalkeeper Raphael Ville and junior midfielder Chase Wickham were named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team.
Charlotte, which hosted the Atlantic 10 Tournament, sports an overall record of 14-3-3, and a 7-1-1 mark in A-10 action. The 49ers won their opening round match against Duquesne, 2-1, before falling to VCU, 1-0, last Friday.
Nine teams that the Blazers have faced this season also received bids to the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Charlotte, New Mexico, Fairleigh Dickinson, Washington, SMU, Kentucky, Tulsa and exhibition opponents Louisville and VCU.
In all, the Blazers, No. 11-seed Tulsa, SMU, and Kentucky will represent Conference USA in the tournament.