Five Things to Know: NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament

Five Things to Know: NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament

NCAA Tournament Bracket

ELMHURST, Ill. – After capturing the 2017 Summit League Tournament title, Omaha will represent the league in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Mavericks' first round opponent will be FIU on Thursday, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. ET from FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami.

Live stats can be found on the NCAA Game Center.

A free live stream will be provided through the Conference USA Digital Network.

The victor of Thursday's match will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament to face No. 6 Duke on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET in Durham, N.C.

Five Things to Know for NCAA Tournament

  1. The 2017 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament marks the first NCAA Division I postseason play for any team sport in Omaha history.
  2. FIU will be Omaha's second opponent from Florida this season. The Mavericks dropped a 3-2 decision to FGCU on Oct. 3.
  3. Summit League teams have played close contest in NCAA Tournament matches dating back to 2012. All but two of those eight matches were decided by one goal. The two expections were Denver's 0-0 draw (fell in PK's) with Louisville in 2013 and Denver's 3-0 win over UNLV in 2016.
  4. No. 11 FIU will be Omaha's fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season. The Mavericks, who peaked at No. 9 earlier this season, defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech (Aug. 27) and dropped contests to No. 25 Creighton (Sept. 26) and No. 24 Michigan (Oct. 14).
  5. Thursday's contest marks the first time Omaha has faced FIU in program history.

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.