Arizona State soccer has made its first NCAA Tournament since 2014 and first under head coach Graham Winkworth. The Sun Devils finished sixth in the Pac-12 standings behind a 8-5-2 record.
The Sun Devils had their best season under Winkworth headlined by wins over USC, UCLA and Stanford. However, Arizona State had lost its last three games of the regular season and its RPI had fallen to 68 before the selection show on Monday.
Nevertheless, Winkworth was confident that his team would be picked despite this year’s spring tournament only having 19 at-large bids. Arizona State was the lone team to defeat UCLA, the third-seed in the bracket, this season and also beat the tournament’s eight-seed USC.
The Sun Devils went undefeated against the top four teams in the conference standings with a win against Stanford and a draw with Washington. That resume appears to be the main reason the Sun Devils got in.
Arizona State will face Siena, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, in the first round. The winner of that match will play No. 9 seed Duke, who will have a first-round bye.
Times have not been announced yet, but first round games will be played on April 27 and 28. Every game of the tournament will be played in North Carolina in a bubble type event.
This article will be updated as more information comes out