Two make the DII cut
The Regis University men’s soccer team didn’t have to spend too much time smarting from the first loss of the season.
A day after falling to the Colorado School of Mines in the finals of the RMAC tournament, the Rangers (17-1-1) received a No. 1 seed into the NCAA Division II tournament.
Mines, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament champions, grabbed the second seed from the region. The Orediggers, 14-4-2, face Incarnate Word, 12-3-2, in a second round match at 1 p.m. Saturday at CSM Soccer Stadium in Golden.
This will be a rematch as the Orediggers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on Sept. 2.
Down the Road: The winner of Mines-IW then advances to face Regis in a third round match on Nov. 15 or 16. The third round winner will move on to the final eight and a chance to claim a regional title. The national championship will be played Dec. 1 in Evans, Ga.
With 2011 national champion Fort Lewis College out before the NCAAs, a new champion will be crowned in Division II. Lynn University, which lost to the Skyhawks in ’11, nabbed a second seed in the South and a first-round bye for this year’s tournament.
RMAC Title: Monday’s tournament seedings came after Regis suffered its first loss of the season over the weekend, 4-3 to Mines.
The setback ended the Rangers’ 15-game winning streak and gave the Orediggers their first RMAC title since 2010.
RMAC Offensive Player of the Year Tesho Akindele netted the first goal of the game, improving his school single-season goal total of 21 and garnering tournament MVP for his efforts.
Regis was the last unbeaten team in Division II men’s soccer.