Bishop Soccer to Face Washington & Lee in NCAA First Round

courtesy Josh McDonald of Covenant
courtesy Josh McDonald of Covenant

The NCAA has released its bracket for the 2019 Div. III Men's Soccer National Championship and the USA SOUTH Conference Champions, the NC Wesleyan College Battling Bishops will be traveling to battle ODAC Champs Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

Also paired with the Bishops and Generals in their four-team region in Lexington are Gettysburg College (Pa.) (11-7-1) and #18 Oglethorpe University (Ga.) (14-4). They will play the second match of the day Saturday at 1:30 PM. The winners will then meet in their regional final on Sunday at 1 PM.

The 11th ranked Generals enter the matchup with the Bishops with a 15-2-3 record on the year and coming off an ODAC title on Saturday where they upended Lynchburg 1-0 in the finals. Wesleyan, of course is coming off a big conference title win on Saturday where they tied top seed Covenant 1-1 after 110 minutes but edged the Scots 4-2 in PKs.

The Bishops, under first year head coach Meir Lewin, will enter the matchup with an 11-game unbeaten streak along with a 16-2-2 record on the year. It is their most single season wins in over a decade since the 2008 team also had 16 victories.

The Bishops last went to the NCAA tournament in 2017 when they also won the USA South title with a 15-6 record and a 10-1 conference mark. Wesleyan beat both of those records this season.