Seven Carolinas teams make NCAA men’s soccer tournament. Here is the bracket, schedule

Langston Wertz Jr.
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The entirety of this year’s NCAA men’s soccer tournament will be played in North Carolina, and seven Carolinas teams will chase the trophy.

COVID-19 pushed the 2020 tournament to the spring, and Monday, the NCAA announced pairings for its national championship tournament.

Last week, the NCAA Division I oversight committee approved a proposal to have all 36 men’s teams to play the entire tournament in North Carolina. The women’s tournament will also be played in the state.

Both will conclude with national championship games May 17 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Only 36 men’s teams made the 2021 field, down from the usual 48. Eight teams will play in the first round April 29 (click here for full bracket).

Here are the pairings for Carolinas teams:

The top overall seed is Clemson (13-3-2), the two-time national champions who are in the tournament for the 33rd time. Clemson will play the winner of Jacksonville and American.

High Point (12-1) will play No. 8 Georgetown in a second-round game.

Wake Forest (11-2-2) is a No. 5 seed and will play Coastal Carolina (9-4-2), which won a bid last fall.

North Carolina, which missed the 2019 field, earned an at-large berth. The Tar Heels (7-4-3), two-time national champions (2001, 2011) will play the Charlotte 49ers (6-3-1). The 49ers are in the tournament for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

Charlotte, Wake Forest and UNC were among 14 schools receiving at-large bids.

Southern Conference champion UNC Greensboro (9-2-2) has a first-round game with Denver (6-2-2).

Games will played at Campbell, East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro and Wake Forest. Off-campus sites for tournament matches include Bryan Park in Greensboro, J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex in Wilson, the Matthews SportsPlex and WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

The maximum allowable capacity for fans at games is 25%.

Tournament dates: April 27-28 (women’s first round); April 29 (men’s first round); April 30-May 1 (women’s second round); May 2 (men’s second round); May 5 (women’s third round); May 6 (men’s third round); May 9 (women’s quarterfinals); May 10 (men’s quarterfinals); May 13 (women’s semifinals); May 14 (men’s semifinals).

NCAA men’s soccer tournament games and schedule

First round, April 29

  • Jacksonville vs. American, 6 p.m., at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem

  • Denver vs. UNC Greensboro, 6 p.m., at UNC Greensboro

  • Milwaukee vs. St. Francis, 6 p.m., at UNC Wilmington

  • Bowling Green vs. Monmouth, 6 p.m., at Bryan Park in Greensboro

Second round, May 2

  • Kentucky vs. New Hampshire, noon, at Bryan Park in Greensboro

  • High Point vs. George Town, noon, at Matthews Sportsplex

  • Fordham vs. Marshall, 1 p.m., in Wilson

  • Maryland vs. Missouri State, 1 p.m., at UNC Wilmington

  • Penn State vs. UMass, 1 p.m., at UNC Greensboro

  • Wake Forest vs. Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m., at Winston-Salem

  • Marquette vs. LMU, 1 p.m., at WakeMed Field in Cary

  • Oregon State vs. Virginia Tech, 4 p.m., at Bryan Park in Greensboro

  • Washington vs. Grand Canyon, 4 p.m., at Matthews Sportsplex

  • UNC vs. Charlotte, 5 p.m., at WakeMed Field in Cary

  • Stanford vs. UNCG/Denver, 5 p.m. at UNC Greensboro

  • Clemson vs. Jacksonville/American, 5 p.m., at Wake Forest

  • Indiana vs. Milwaukee/St. Francis Brooklyn, 5 p.m., at UNC Wilmington

  • Central Florida vs. James Madison, 5 p.m., in Wilson

  • Air Force vs. Seton Hall, 8 p.m., at Matthews Sportsplex

  • Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green/Monmouth, 8 p.m., at Bryan Park in Greensboro