Matadors to Host San Diego in First Round of NCAA Tournament


The Cal State Northridge Matadors, winners of the Big West Conference, will host the University of San Diego Toreros, the champions of the West Coast Conference, in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Matadors (15-6) are competing in their first NCAA Tournament since 2005 after beating UC Davis in the Big West Tournament Final on Saturday, Nov. 10.

"We are honored to host a perennial power like San Diego with a chance to face another power in UCLA," said Northridge head coach Terry Davila.

The Toreros (11-8) compiled a nine-win record in WCC play this season to clinch the league's automatic bid. San Diego has won eight of its last 10 matches and had a stretch of eight consecutive victories from September 30 to November 2. However, the Toreros have dropped two of their last three matches against Portland and Santa Clara to end the regular season.

The Matadors and Toreros are set to open up their NCAA Tournament runs on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Matador Soccer Field. Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. and ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $7 for CSUN and USD students with I.D.

Earlier this season the Matadors turned in an impressive performance against San Diego on September 20, storming past the Toreros 5-0 at Torero Stadium. In that match, both Sagi Lev-Ari and Beto Velasquez scored a pair of goals and Chris Smith turned in two assists for Northridge.

The winner of the match between CSUN and San Diego will face the sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins on Sunday, Nov. 18 on the road at Drake Stadium.

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2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Bracket