Valparaiso has earned the seventh seed for the 2007 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship, presented by the U.S. Army, and will travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on sixth-seeded Wright State in a first-round matchup Friday evening at 6 p.m. CST.
The Crusaders enter the tournament at 2-4-2 in League play and 4-10-3 overall, while the Raiders hold a 3-5-0 League record and a 6-12-0 overall record. Wright State earned a 1-0 (2ot) victory when the two squads faced off in Dayton on Oct. 28.
The winner of the Valpo-Wright State tilt will play at #3 UIC (8-5-5, 4-1-3 Horizon) in second-round action on Sunday, Nov. 11. On the other side of the bracket, #4 Green Bay (9-4-5, 4-2-2 Horizon) takes on #9 Cleveland State (3-13-2, 0-7-1 Horizon) and #5 Butler (8-6-4, 4-2-2 Horizon) plays #8 Detroit (5-9-5, 1-4-3 Horizon) in first-round matchups, with the winners facing off in the second round.
As the top overall seed, Loyola (10-4-4, 5-1-2 Horizon) will host the semifinals and championship on Friday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 18, respectively. The Ramblers will face the 4/5/8/9 winner in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. CST, while #2 Milwaukee (5-10-3, 5-2-1 Horizon) will take on the 3/6/7 winner at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, with the champion earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.