The NCAA released its Division I men's soccer tournament bracket Monday, and Michigan State, Western Michigan and the University of Michigan all earned top-16 seeds for the 48-team playoff, which begins Thursday, Nov. 16.
Wisconsin earned a home match during the first round of the NCAA Championship on the strength of a 10-4-5 record, most recently drawing 0-0 with No. 2 seed IN and claiming the Big Ten tournament championship 4-2 IN penalty kicks on November 12. Making their 10th NCAA Championship appearance in the last 11 seasons, the Cardinals (11-2-4) earned a first round bye and will host the victor of Thursday's California-San Francisco contest (played in Berkeley) in a second round match on Sunday at 5 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
With the berth, Virginia earned a first round bye in this season's tournament.
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After winning the Big Ten Tournament title, Wisconsin (10-4-5) will host Illinois-Chicago on Thursday. UNCW previously played in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2014. It's the first Omaha program, other than hockey, to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Following Thursday's first round and Sunday's second round games, the NCAA Championship continues with third round matchups on November 25 or 26 at campus sites.
IN earns the overall No. 2 seed and will host the victor of Old Dominion-NC State in the second round after advancing to the Big Ten Tournament championship match. Sunday's match will mark the ninth time in the last eight seasons and the 11th time in the last 11 years Louisville has hosted at least one NCAA Championship match. The national quarterfinals will follow on December 1-2 at campus venues.