IU soccer No. 16 seed for NCAA tourney

The Indiana men’s soccer team knew it was going to be in the NCAA Tournament when it gathered for the NCAA Selection Show Monday afternoon. What the Hoosiers didn’t know is whether they’d be playing in the first round on Thursday night or receiving a national seed that would give them a bye.

The answer turned out to be the latter, as Indiana was awarded the No. 16 seed for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, and the Hoosiers will host the winner of Thursday night’s Boston U.-UConn game on Sunday at Armstrong Stadium.

“I was expecting to play Thursday night, so seeing (the 16 seed) was definitely exciting,” IU junior midfielder Tanner Thompson said. “We’ve got a home game Sunday, so we have a couple extra days and we’re going to be prepared for it.”

It is the 29th straight appearance in the NCAA for the Hoosiers (12-4-3), who were also seeded No. 16 for their last national championship in 2012. Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Kyle Sparks and Richard Ballard are the lone players on the current roster who saw the field during that run, while several others redshirted during that season.

If Indiana wins on Sunday, it would set up a likely matchup with No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Nov. 28 or 29. The top seed in the tournament has not advanced past the third round since North Carolina edged Indiana, 1-0, in overtime in 2011. The Hoosiers got revenge with a win over the top-seeded Tar Heels in 2012, starting the current streak.

Here’s the full tournament bracket: 2015 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament