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Duke receives 6th seed for NCAA soccer tournament

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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Durham, NC - Duke has been awarded the sixth seed in the field of 48 for the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.

As one of the top 16 seeds in the bracket, the Blue Devils will receive a bye in the first round and will host their second round game. They will face the winner of the match between Creighton (12-4-3) and Lafayette (13-4-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Blue Devils are coming off a 5-4 win in penalty kicks against North Carolina for the ACC Championship on Sunday. Duke is 12-4-3 on the season and overcame three top-10 teams in the ACC Tournament to claim their second ACC Tournament Championship.

“I am very happy we get a bye because we need the rest,” said Head Coach John Rennie. “I am also glad we get to play at home.”

All three of the teams Duke defeated in the ACC Tournament received seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland earned the top seed in the tournament after winning the ACC regular season. North Carolina received the fourth seed and Virginia Tech was awarded the 12th seed. Other ACC teams earning seeds are No. 13 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina State. Clemson and Wake Forest also earned at-large bids in the tournament giving the ACC eight of their nine schools in the tournament.

“This may be one of the best year’s for the ACC in men’s soccer,” said Rennie. “You really couldn’t justify keeping any of the eight teams that made the tournament out. The committee noticed our record outside the conference and awarded us for that.”

Duke is led by Blake Camp who was awarded the ACC Tournament MVP after scoring two of his team-high nine goals in a 4-2 win over No. 1 Maryland in the ACC semifinals. They also have All-ACC selections in Chris Loftus (nine goals, four assists) and Michael Videira (three goals, eight assists) who helped lead the team to the final four a year ago. The Blue Devils only lost one starter from the squad that advanced to the fifth College Cup in school history.

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