By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The local soccer scene will be well represented in this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament as both Penn and Drexel earned automatic bids.
Penn gets in after winning the Ivy League title with a 2-0 win at Harvard on Saturday. The Quakers will actually host the first round on Thursday as they welcome Providence out of the Big East to Rhodes Field.
“That’s really special and honestly it came as a bit of a surprise,” Penn head coach Rudy Fuller tells KYW Newsradio about getting a first-round home match. “I mean we had a very good second half of the season in our run to the Ivy League championship. But going into the selection show (Monday), even though we knew we were assured of a bid, I wasn’t really sure that we would be given the opportunity to host, based on where we were on the RPI. But we’re thrilled that the NCAA awarded us the game and we are hoping for a big turn out from the Philadelphia soccer community on Thursday night.”