No. 3 Men's Soccer Seeded Third In 2001 NCAA Tournament
Nov. 19, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - No. 3 Stanford was awarded a berth in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament earlier Monday, as the 48-team field was announced by the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Committee. This year's bracket is the largest draw in the history of the Division I men's soccer tournament, since expansion of the bracket from 32 to 48 teams last summer.
The Cardinal (16-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Pac-10) were awarded one of the eight first round byes and will be a host site for the first and second rounds of the tournament. Stanford, the tournament's No. 3 seed, captured the 2001 Pac-10 championship with a 3-1 victory against Oregon State on Sunday.
Santa Clara (11-8-0) and California (10-8-1) will square off in the first round on Friday, Nov. 23 at Maloney Field at 4 p.m. The winner of that contest will then face Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
Southern Methodist University, the only remaining undefeated team at 19-0, was awarded the No. 1 seed. Virginia is the No. 2 seed after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference, followed by No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 St. Louis, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 8 St. John's. Each of the top eight seeds will play host to a first-round game and then compete against the winner in the second round on their campus. All first-round games will be played on November 23, while all second-round contests will be played on November 25.
Twenty conferences were awarded automatic bids for the 2001 tournament. The remaining 28 teams were selected at-large. Seven teams are making their tournament appearance, while the Big East led all conferences with six teams in the draw. The West Coast Conference (WCC) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) each had five teams and the Big Ten and Pacific 10 had four teams make the field. The teams will be vying for the right to compete at the 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup on December 14 and 16 in Columbus, Ohio, at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Friday, Nov. 23
Santa Clara vs. California- 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Friday's winner vs. Stanford- 1 p.m.