The Creighton men’s soccer team earned the No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament this afternoon in pairings announced on NCAA.com. As a result, the Bluejays claimed a first-round bye in the 48-team tournament and will host the winner of Thursday’s Air Force at Washington match on Sunday at 5 pm at Morrison Stadium in Omaha.
Creighton (15-3-2) earned its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 21 years by virtue of Sunday’s 2-1 win over SIU Edwardsville in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament final. It marked Creighton’s 13th MVC Tournament title, and came on the heels of the program’s 12th regular-season MVC crown. The Jays claimed both trophies for the second consecutive season and for the eighth time in program history.
Creighton is 26-16-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and has advanced to at least the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in five of its last nine appearances. The Jays have made four College Cup appearances (1996, 2000, 2002 and 2011).
Creighton, 8-2-1 at home this season, is 10-1-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches played at Morrison Stadium and enters the NCAA Tournament on a 10-match win streak, six of which have been shutouts.
Should Creighton win its second-round match and the seeds hold, it would set up a rematch with the No. 5 seed Akron. The Jays hosted the Zips on Aug. 31 in a battle of top-10 teams. That match ended in a 1-1 draw.