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.

  3. Twister – Check Out ESPN 3 for the game. Also, you can link to live stats on DUโ€™s Game Day link.

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