The Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team will travel to Dallas and face regional host UT Dallas in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1980, on Friday at 3 p.m.
Trinity (Texas), which is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and Hardin-Simmons are also assigned to the regional and will face each other in the other regional semifinal.
Pomona-Pitzer (14-5-1) will be making its second-NCAA Division III Tournament appearance after defeating Redlands 1-0 on Saturday in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament.
UT Dallas (13-4-3) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling 2-0 to Hardin-Simmons in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament this weekend.
The two teams met last year at Pomona-Pitzer in the regular season with UT Dallas winning 4-0.
The last time the Sagehens went to the NCAA Tournament in 1980, they fell 5-0 to Washington (Mo.).
The Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team debuted in the NCAA Division III national rankings this week at No. 23 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Sagehens are ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2012 season, when they debuted at No. 24 in the nation on their way to a SCIAC title.
Pomona-Pitzer enters this week with an 8-2-1 overall record, but 7-1-1 against Division III competition, with the only loss an overtime road defeat to Redlands. The Sagehens are ranked third in the West Region behind Trinity (Texas) and Colorado College, while fellow SCIAC foes Redlands (8th) and CMS (10th) are also in the regional rankings.
The Sagehens are also 6-1-1 in the SCIAC, putting them alone in first place in the league standings at the midway point, a two-game lead in the loss column over both CMS and Chapman at 5-3-1 (Redlands is right behind at 5-3 with a game in hand).
To view the NSCAA Divsiion III national rankings, go to the following link:
NSCAA Top 25