Men's Soccer Faces North Carolina In NCAA Sweet 16 This Sunday|
Nov. 29, 2008
2008 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship
Sunday, Nov. 30 * 12 p.m. Central/1 p.m. Eastern
Chapel Hill, N.C.- The UIC men's soccer team embarks on its second straight appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 this Sunday against 13th-seeded North Carolina at the Tar Heels' Fetzer Field beginning at 12 p.m. Central.
The advancing side out of Sunday's third-round affair between the Flames (12-3-6) and the Tar Heels (12-7-1) will meet the advancing club from the Akron/Northwestern match in the Elite Eight on either Dec. 5, 6, or 7.
UIC, ranked in the top 15 of all four major national polls to cap the regular season, has advanced past the last two rounds of the NCAA tournament by way of penalty kicks. The Flames outlasted Dayton in the first round with a 3-1 penalty-kick shootout decision at Flames Field on Nov. 21 before eliminating No. 4 national seed Michigan State by PKs, 3-2, on Nov. 25 in East Lansing.
In the last three seasons UIC has registered six NCAA tournament shutouts in eight postseason matches, allowing just three goals in the span.
North Carolina, ranked 23rd in the country by the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, is making its first third-round appearance since 2005 after a 1-0 win over Jacksonville at Fetzer Field this past Tuesday. The Tar Heels are the second straight national seed to face the Flames.
For more information on Sunday's Sweet 16 showdown between the Flames and the Tar Heels, click on the updated match notes at the link above.