The Northern Kentucky University men’s and women’s soccer teams are set to play in the NCAA Tournament.
The men will begin their quest to repeat as national champions when they face Northwood (Mich.) in the first round in Kansas City.
NKU enters the tournament with a 13-4 record, coming off a 2-1 defeat to Drury in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
Northwood is 9-4-4 overall after advancing to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. NKU and Northwood have never met and head coach John Basalyga does not know much about the team. He plans on making phone calls to get scouting reports on the team.
“Probably the first half, as in most cases when you get into games that you really don’t know people, you survive the half, you get a sense of what they do, and make adjustments at halftime,” Basalyga said.
The winner of Friday’s game will advance to Sunday’s second-round.
The women are the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament. NKU will face the winner of the Bellarmine-Rockhurst match in Sunday’s second round at 1 p.m.
“I think whoever we play is going to be a great match,” said head coach Bob Sheehan.
The Norse are currently 15-1-2 on the season. They advanced to the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament, where they lost to Quincy in the penalty-kick shootout, 5-3 after a scoreless tie.
Bellarmine enters the tournament with a 15-2-3 record. The Knights won the GLVC Tournament championship. Rockhurst is 12-4-2 on the year. NKU tied Bellarmine, 1-1, and defeated Rockhurst, 2-0, in the regular season.