Providence College’s soccer season of firsts and mosts continues Friday night when the Friars play UCLA in the semifinals of the NCAA men’s tournament, known as the College Cup.
Providence (16-4-2) and UCLA (13-4-5) will meet for the first time. This is PC’s first trip to college soccer’s Final Four; UCLA is making its 14th College Cup appearance. The Bruins have won four national championships. UCLA is the No. 2 seed, Providence No. 11.
The teams arrived in Cary, N.C., on Wednesday and met with the media and held a walk-through practice on Thursday. Their match Friday night is scheduled for 7:30 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
This PC team boasts the most victories in program history and most Big East honorees and is the first to win the Big East championship, have tournament offensive and defensive MVPs, earn a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, reach the quarterfinals and advance to the semifinals.
Unseeded Maryland Baltimore County and No. 16 Virginia will play the other semifinal. UMBC is making its first trip to the College Cup.
PC and UMBC are the only league champions still standing in the tournament.
The semifinal winners will play for the national championship Sunday at noon on ESPNU.