The University of Redlands has been chosen to host the NCAA Division III men’s soccer sectional (round of 16) which will be held Friday and Saturday at Farquhar Field.
Joining Redlands in the field are Calvin (Mich.), Randolph College (Va.) and Texas-Tyler.
Bulldogs coach Ralph Perez said some upsets around the country paved the way for his team to be playing at home.
“I was a little surprised, then I started looking at some of the other results,” Perez said. “We’re just happy to still be playing. We also know that if we slip up once it could be over just as fast.”
The No. 13 Bulldogs (20-3-1) will play Calvin College (17-5-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The 5 p.m. game will pit Randolph (18-5) against No. 22 Texas-Tyler (17-2-1).
The Bulldogs enter with a 19-game unbeaten streak, highlighted by impressive playoff wins over Pacific Lutheran (4-1) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-0) in which the defense allowed just a combined 10 shots on goal.
Redlands is second in NCAA Division III in scoring with 86 goals and 76 assists. Freshman forward Charles Izydorek, out of Arrowhead Christian Academy, leads the team in points (36) and goals (15).
Tickets can be purchased at Farquhar Field up to one hour prior to kickoff. General admission is $6. Students with school I.D. and senior citizens cost $3, while children ages 2-12 are $2.