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Maryland, UMBC could meet in second round of NCAA men's soccer tournament

Maryland players celebrate after the Terps won their first Big Ten tournament championship with a 2-1 victory over Indiana on Sunday at Ludwig Field.

Fresh off Sunday's win in the Big Ten championship game, Maryland's men's soccer team has earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Terps (13-5-3) have received a first-round bye and could face a local opponent in the second round.

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UMBC, the America East champion, plays its first-round match Thursday at Wake Forest at 7 p.m., with the winner facing Maryland on Sunday in College Park.

Whichever team emerges will face either Tulsa, Saint Louis or No. 13-seeded Louisville in the third round.

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Maryland reached last year's national final before falling to Notre Dame.

This year's Terps began the season 3-5-2 and at one point fell out of the rankings, but they haven't lost since Oct. 5. They defeated Indiana, 2-1, at home Sunday to claim their first Big Ten tournament title.

UMBC improved to 12-5-3 with its 2-1 victory over visiting Hartford in the America East championship Saturday.

Wake Forest is 10-7-1 and has reached the NCAA tournament for the 12th time in 13 years.

Defending champion Notre Dame has the No. 1 seed in this year's tourney, with UCLA No. 2 and Michigan State No. 3.

The semifinals (Dec. 12) and final (Dec. 14) will be held in Cary, N.C.

To see the entire bracket, click here.


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