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Maryland Terrapins are No. 2 seed in NCAA men's soccer tournament; Louisville is top seed

By Steve Goff

ACC champion Maryland, which has won 13 consecutive matches, is the No. 2 seed in the 48-team NCAA men's soccer tournament and will play Bucknell or Penn on Sunday in College Park.

Louisville (16-0-3) is the top seed in the tournament, which begins Thursday with 16 first-round matches.

The Terrapins (17-2-1), who won national titles in 2005 and '08, are the nation's highest-scoring team, averaging 2.7 goals per game, and have registered 10 shutouts during their winning streak. Bucknell (10-8-2) won the Patriot League championship, despite being the league's fourth seed, while Penn (12-5-0) finished second in the Ivy League.

Virginia, the defending NCAA champion, received an at-large berth and was placed in Maryland's bracket. The Cavaliers (11-5-3), making their 30th consecutive tournament appearance, will host Old Dominion (9-6-2) on Thursday night. The winner will visit No. 15 Penn State (13-7-1).

Georgetown (11-6-1) earned its first invitation since 1997 and will host North Carolina Greensboro (12-5-4) in the first round. Fourth-seeded North Carolina (16-3-1) awaits the winner.

William & Mary (15-3-2) is No. 12 and will host Princeton or UMBC (11-4-3), which is making its first appearance since 1999.

The College Cup semifinals and final will be held at UC Santa Barbara, Dec. 10-12.

For the list of the 16 seeds and the full brackets.....

1. Louisville
2. Maryland
3. Akron
4. North Carolina
5. SMU
6. California
7. South Carolina
9. Notre Dame
10. Michigan
11. Connecticut
12. William & Mary
13. Butler
14. Indiana
15. Penn State
16. Ohio State

Click here for the complete brackets.

By Steve Goff  | November 15, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Bucknell surprised the Terps a few years back...they can't affors to look ahead. But, whenever the Terps have had home field advantage for NCAA games they've done well - lots of College Cup trips in the past decade!

Posted by: soccerman | November 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I understand the need for the NCAA to try and keep travel expenses to a minimum, but I find it a shame they put 3 ACC teams in the same region.

The bulk of powerhouse programs are in the mid-atlantic and south east. Can't they figure out a way to make a more balanced talent bracket instead of having the best teams knock each other out early?

Posted by: SoccerVA | November 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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