DU Men’s Soccer to face Missouri State in NCAA First Round

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The University of Denver men’s soccer team, champions of the Summit League, travel to Springfield, Missouri Thursday, November 21st to face Missouri State University.

Missouri State is 17-0-1 and plays in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears are #11 in the men’s RPI and #9 in the Coaches’ Poll.

With common opponents, MSU beat Omaha (1-0 2/OT’s) and Tulsa (2-1) and tied St Louis in an exhibition. Denver defeated Omaha twice (2-0, 1-0 in the Summit championship), tied Tulsa 1-1, and lost to St Louis 1-0. As usual, expect a tight match.

This is the entire bracket was released Monday morning:

The winner advances to play Central Florida (14-2-2) in the second round.

6 thoughts on “DU Men’s Soccer to face Missouri State in NCAA First Round”

  1. This is a tough draw, but given how poor DU’s record is this year, it’s not at all surprising.

    The Pioneers are going to need to play a perfect game to beat Missouri State – who is undefeated and playing at home. The Bears, with an RPI of 11, are a legitimate top 10 level team who probably should be seeded in the top 16, but weren’t, due to NCAA committee snubbing. That will provide a chip on their collective shoulders, for sure.

    The Pios won’t get many opportunities to score, so they need to make them count when they do.

    That said, DU has played a lot of great soccer teams this year, and with a strong defensive effort, may be in a position to upset MSU.

    1. Mo State is certainly a contender – The Bears’ RPI is #11 and they haven’t lost a game all year.

      It will take a perfect game from DU to upset them in Springfield.

  2. MoSt has as much a chance to win the NCAA soccer tourney as does Omaha of winning the Frozen Four. MO is good, but big boys back east or Stanford will take them down.

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