Dec 12, 2019

Soccer to face UCF in NCAA first round

A day after upsetting top-ranked San Jose State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship, the Fresno State soccer team received its bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Brian Zwaschka’s team, which concluded the regular season just 7-8-4, caught fire in the conference tournament, pulling three straight upsets to claim Fresno State’s second WAC title in three seasons.

The conference tournament victory automatically qualified the ‘Dogs for the national tournament. Fresno State will play its first-round game in the Los Angeles bracket at UCLA this Thursday, Nov. 11 against Central Florida.

The Knights travel cross country with a 14-4-3 record but lost in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament to Memphis. The NCAA Tournament consists of 64 teams, and Zwaschka is delighted to be a part of the mix.

“It’s a thrill and exciting to be going on to the NCAA Tournament,” Zwaschka said. “It’s an opportunity that a lot of players and teams don’t get to take. We’re going to relish the moment and do our best.”

Central Florida’s loss in its conference tournament was just the team’s second loss in 16 games. The Knights are lead by Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year Tishia Jewell who lead the conference in points with 32 and was third in the nation in assists with 12.

The first-round game is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

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