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.