IU soccer earns 7th seed for NCAA tourney

A 30th straight bid to the NCAA Tournament was never in doubt for the Indiana men’s soccer team on Monday afternoon.

It was only the seeding and destination for the Hoosiers that was in doubt, and both turned out favorably for the eight-time national champions.

IU (11-1-7) earned the No. 7 overall seed and will play the Akron-Villanova winner on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.

“You love to be seeded. It gets you a guarantee of a home game and a little more rest coming off the (conference) tournament, so yeah, we’re pleased with 7,” Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said. “That’s one we’re really happy with. In the end, our one loss on the year and the fact that we had a 4-1-2 record against top 25 RPI teams really probably was the convincing component among the committee, I would imagine.”

The Hoosiers, who received a top-16 seed for the 12th time since the NCAA began its current seeding format in 2003, also stand to host a second home game should they advance with 10th-seeded Charlotte the most likely opponent.