SAN RAMON, Calif.
– After a regular-season with every seed up for grabs on the final day of play, the 2018 CCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament bracket and schedule has been solidified.
Defending NCAA West Region champions and national semifinalist in 2017, the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos have secured their first CCAA regular-season title in program history and earn a bye to the tournament semifinal round. The Broncos (12-5, 10-2 CCAA) were leading the league heading into the final weekend but after getting stunned at Cal State LA Thursday, the No. 1 seed was still up for grabs. After earning three points on Saturday while the Golden Eagles only mustered one, Cal Poly Pomona took home the crown with a one-point margin.
Cal State LA (12-2-3, 9-1-2 CCAA) will join the Broncos in a guaranteed trip to La Jolla as the No. 2 seed, as both teams await their semifinal opponents.
The No. 3 seed in the brackets belongs to Chico State (12-4-1, 9-3 CCAA) and the Wildcats will play back-to-back host to UC San Diego (13-3-2, 7-3-2 CCAA), as the pair met up in the regular-season finale. In that contest, Chico State earned a 2-0 win over the Tritons which pushed UC San Diego into the No. 6 seed in the tight standings.
Also hosting a first-round match is No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino (11-5-1, 8-3-1 CCAA). After narrowly missing last season’s tournament field, the Coyotes are back in the bracket for their seventh postseason appearance. Their first-round opponent is No. 5 San Francisco State (10-3-3, 7-3-2 CCAA), who earn the trip to the Southland after winning the head-to-head tiebreaker with UC San Diego. The Coyotes nabbed a 1-0 win over the Gators on Sept. 21. Last season, San Francisco State also had a first-round road game, knocking off UC San Diego to advance to the semifinals.
The first-round victors will join the Broncos and Golden Eagles in La Jolla for semifinal contests on Friday, Nov. 2, followed by Sunday’s championship match. The winner of the 2018 CCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament earns the league’s automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship field.
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2018 CCAA Men's Soccer Tournament
Tuesday, Oct. 31 – First Round (campus sites)
2 p.m.: No. 5 San Francisco State at No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino
6 p.m.: No. 6 UC San Diego at No. 3 Chico State
Friday, Nov. 2 – Semifinals at UC San Diego’s Triton Stadium
4:30 p.m.: Winner of No. 3/6 match vs. No. 2 Cal State LA
7 p.m.: Winner of No. 4/5 match vs. No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona
Sunday, Nov. 4 – Final at UC San Diego’s Triton Stadium
2 p.m.: Winner of semifinal 1 vs. Winner of semifinal 2