Men's club soccer qualifies for national championships


Texas men’s club soccer is headed to the national championship tournament. The Longhorns qualified for nationals after posting three wins in the Region IV South tournament at UT-San Antonio this weekend. 

Texas entered the tournament ranked No. 8 in Region IV. Texas defeated UTSA 2-0 to begin the tournament and earned an automatic advancement to the single elimination round after Arkansas beat UTSA 3-1. Texas then faced Arkansas late Saturday and suffered a 1-0 loss with several players benched for rest. The loss placed Texas against Pool D top-seeded SMU on Sunday morning in a single-elimination match. The Longhorns and Mustangs battled into overtime with the game tied at 1-1. Senior Lee Perkins scored to seal a 2-1 win for Texas. 

Arkansas’ win over UT-Dallas on Sunday morning set the stage for a Texas vs. Arkansas rematch for a bid to the national championships. A rested Texas team held possession for the majority of the game and shut out Arkansas 3-0. Texas A&M defeated Rice on Sunday to take the second spot at nationals. 

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association men’s soccer championships will take place Nov. 19-21 in Phoenix, Arizona.