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Men's Soccer: A Seven Seed Means Waiting

It turns out that a 48 team tournament means 16 teams get a first round bye. YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles are one of those teams.

Axel Sjoberg and the Golden Eagles will have to wait til Thursday night to find out their first NCAA Tournament opponent.
Axel Sjoberg and the Golden Eagles will have to wait til Thursday night to find out their first NCAA Tournament opponent.
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For the first time since 1997, and just the second time ever, Marquette men's soccer is a participant in the NCAA Tournament.

After finishing the season 16-3-1 with a Big East Championship semifinals loss to Georgetown, Marquette was awarded a 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. For those of you used to the basketball tournament, this is actually excellent. The NCAA only seeds the top 16 teams in the tournament, so this actually has Marquette as one of the 8 best teams in the country.

As one of the 16 seeded teams in a 48 team tournament, Marquette has earned a bye to the second round and the right to host their first game. Marquette's opponent on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm in the Valley will either be Western Illinois or Northwestern. That match will be on Thursday night in Evanston, IL. You might remember the WIU Leathernecks from such events as losing 3-0 to Marquette in the Valley back in September.