UK, Morehead, U of L gain NCAA soccer berths

Kentucky, Morehead State and Louisville have each received a bid to the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

The draw for the 64-team NCAA field was announced Monday afternoon.

Kentucky and Louisville earned at-large berths, while Morehead qualified as champion of the Ohio Valley Conference. Games will be played at campus sites Friday or Saturday.

UK (13-6-1) will play host to Ohio State (10-6-3) on Friday night at 7:30. Also, Morehead (10-10-1) will travel to Wake Forest (10-6-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. U of L (12-5-1) will play host to Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State (14-6) Saturday at 1 p.m.

UK’s Wildcats will be making their third straight appearance in the NCAA, a school record.

UK  lost in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. With wins over top 60 teams West Virginia, Louisville, Georgia, Dayton and Tennessee, the Wildcats were considered a shoo-in for the at-large NCAA berth they received.

The Cats played host to NCAA first-round matches each of the last two seasons.

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