Hawk’s Soccer Teams Advance to NCAA Tournament
By: David Jacob
Both Hawk’s soccer teams competed in the GLVC Championships this past weekend. The women lost their semi-final game to Truman State in penalty kicks and the men lost the championship in a heartbreaking loss to Rockhurst University 1-0.
So, what loomed next was if the teams would get an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show was held in the Hawk’s Nest on Monday evening (Nov. 9).
Both teams received an at-large bid, but will be traveling opposite directions.
The Lady Hawks received a #4 seed and will be traveling all the way up to Michigan as the defending National Champions Grand Valley State University hosts the Midwest regional. The Lady Hawks defeated the Lakers in the season opener 3-0 and that has been GVSU’s only defeat this season. The Lady Hawks will have to get through the University of St. Louis-Missouri first in the play-in game on Friday (Nov. 13) at 6p.m CT in Allendale, MI. The Lady Hawks and the Tritons tied the regular season opener 1-1 at Legends Stadium on Sep. 11.
“This is exciting for us as we get a second chance to redeem ourselves,” said senior Ashley Burton. “The NCAA Selection Committee has given us another shot to extend our season. We are going to work extremely hard this week in practice and I can’t wait to get up there.”
The men’s team received a #5 seed and will be returning to Rockhurst University to face an unfamiliar foe, Cedarville University, at 6p.m. CT on Thursday (Nov.12).
This is the first meeting in school history between the two schools. The winner will face Rockhurst on Saturday (Nov. 14).The Hawks will be looking to defend their title run as they made it to the Final 4 last year.
“Last weekend was tough for us, but we have to put that behind us,” said junior Nate Griffin. “We are extremely honored to be selected and this is what we have worked for all season.”
The Quincy Hawks are the only GLVC represented team to have both the men’s and women’s team in the NCAA Tournament.
For full brackets in the men’s division, click here.
For full brackets in the women’s division, click here.