RICHMOND, Va. – After playing arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the country in 2013, including wins against several marquee programs, the VCU Men's Soccer team learned it had another game on its schedule as the Rams received an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
VCU will host Patriot League Champion Navy (15-3-2) on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium. It marks the second year in a row the Rams will host a postseason match. The winner travels to Wake Forest for a second round contest on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
"Obviously we are excited to be playing in the NCAA Tournament again this year," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard. "Our players have worked very hard over the last 12 months to get ourselves back to this position again. We'll face a very strong opponent in Navy who is having an incredible year. We've seen Navy several times in the last four years, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Brandt and the Navy players. Thursday should be a great college soccer game."
VCU last faced Navy on Aug. 26, 2011 – a 4-1 victory at Sports Backers Stadium. The two teams were set to play last year but the match was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Rams have compiled an impressive list of wins over several marquee programs this season, including defending national champion Indiana, 2010 national champ Akron and 2012 Final Four participant Maryland. VCU, which is 3-1-1 against Top 25 teams in 2013, is 6-2-1 against ranked opponents during the last two years.
Coming off its best season in nearly a decade in 2012, Giffard and his staff put together arguably the toughest schedule in the country this fall as the Rams faced 11 opponents who participated in last year's NCAA Tournament, including all of its non-conference foes, and three of the top eight national seeds (six overall) from a year ago. In all, VCU faced eight of the last 10 national champions this fall.