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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.
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. (Greg Fiume, Maryland Athletics photo)

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.

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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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