Stars' NCAA III Men's Soccer Championship first-round opponent is Thomas More

Stars' NCAA III Men's Soccer Championship first-round opponent is Thomas More

Courtesy of Dominican University, Sports Information Department
The Dominican University men's soccer team, headed to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship for the ninth straight season, has been paired against the Thomas More College Saints in the opening round of the 2010 DIII National Tournament in a regional hosted by the Calvin College Knights in Grand Rapids, Mich. In the other regional matchup at Calvin, the Knights will be taking on the Ohio Northern Polar Bears. The games will take place on Friday with the winners meeting on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Stars, 18-1-1 overall and the winners of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) automatic bid, are 10-8-2 in the national tournament all-time while the Saints are making just their second NCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship appearance after winning back-to-back Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament titles. The Saints, 11-5-2 on the year, fell 4-2 to Carnegie Mellon their lone national tournament action.

In the other matchup, Calvin College enters the field of 60 teams after receiving a Pool C bid with an overall record of 15-2-3. The Knights are making their fourth straight trip to the national tournament and tenth overall while the Polar Bears are making their third consecutive trip after winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament with a come-from-behind overtime victory over Heidelberg College on Saturday, 3-2.

The regional quad promises exciting action as both Dominican and Calvin each advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship, with the Knights edging the Stars 1-0 in San Antonio, Texas. Calvin went on to fall to Messiah, the 2009 National Champs, 2-0.