NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team has earned a bid into the NCAA Championship for the 22nd time in program history. The Irish will host Wright State in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at Alumni Stadium. The tournament bracket was unveiled on Monday.
For ticket information for Sunday’s NCAA tournament match at Alumni Stadium, call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at (833) 634-7474, visit UND.com/buytickets, or stop by the ticket office window inside Purcell Pavilion.
Notre Dame (10-7-1) is set to make its second NCAA Championship appearance in as many seasons under head coach Chad Riley. The Irish will be playing in the NCAA Championship for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons.
The Irish are 19-19-3 (.500) all-time in NCAA Championship play. Notre Dame has advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 on 10 occasions, the national quarterfinals four times (2006, 2007, 2013, 2018), and claimed the national championship during the program’s inaugural NCAA College Cup appearance in 2013.
Notre Dame has faced 12 other qualifiers during the regular season, and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship matches, entering 2019 NCAA tournament play. Of the 16 teams to earn national seeds, the Irish have faced six of the programs, including four of the top five.
The ACC set an NCAA men’s soccer record by seeing 10 affiliate teams earn berths into the 2019 NCAA Championship field. Along with Notre Dame, No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 10 Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Louisville, Boston College and Pitt are set to represent the conference on the road toward the NCAA College Cup in Cary, North Carolina.
Wright State secured the automatic NCAA bid from the Horizon League after defeating Milwaukee in a shootout (4-3).
Following Thursday’s first round and Sunday’s second round games, the NCAA Championship continues with third round matchups on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 at campus sites. The national quarterfinals will follow on Dec. 6 or 7 at campus venues. The 2019 NCAA College Cup will be contested on Dec. 13 (national semifinals) and Dec. 15 (national final) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, live on ESPNU.