The University of Michigan men’s soccer team not only received one of the 24 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament on Monday but also landed a home game. The Wolverines will host Princeton in a first-round game at 7 p.m. on Thursday at U-M Soccer Stadium.
The winner of Thursday’s match will advance to the second round to face No. 7 seed Notre Dame on Sunday (Nov. 18) in South Bend, Ind. The Wolverines lost to the Fighting Irish 2-1 on Oct. 16.
Tickets for Thursday’s match went on sale at 2 p.m. Monday. Prices are $8 (reserved), $6 (general admission adults) and $3 (students, groups of 10-plus people). Tickets are available online or by calling the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX.
This is the program’s seventh NCAA Tournament berth and third under head coach Chaka Daley. The Wolverines have earned bids in back-to-back seasons for the second time in program history (2003-04).
Michigan (12-5-2) finished tied for third in the Big Ten and reached the Big Ten Tournament championship game before losing to No. 2 Indiana, 3-0, Sunday in Westfield, Ind. The Wolverines got their at-large bid behind a strong RPI (No. 28) and an 8-4-1 record against RPI top-100 teams.
Princeton (10-5-2) received an automatic bid by virtue of winning the Ivy League. The Tigers have a stingy defense, allowing only 11 goals and limiting opponents to just eight shots per match.
This will be the first meeting between the Michigan and Princeton men’s soccer programs.