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WVU plays Georgetown for spot in Final Four

West Virginia men’s soccer is getting prepared for their match in the NCAA quarterfinals tournament for the first time since 1981.

The No. 11 seeded WVU men’s soccer team earned their spot in the quarterfinals after winning in double-overtime against No. 6 seed Tulsa. Their win completed the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at the Hurricane Soccer Stadium, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Mountaineers will take on Georgetown in the Elite Eight, on Saturday in Washington, D.C. The winner will earn a spot in the College Cup and the Final Four.

These two teams have plenty of history and Georgetown has also found success in the NCAA Tournament in recent years.

Georgetown won this tournament in 2019, earning the third title in school history. Last spring, the Hoyas nearly made it back into the College Cup but were overpowered by national champion Marshall.

This tournament has fared differently so far for Georgetown.

The Hoyas were able to overcome Georgia State and Big East rival Providence in the second round and Sweet Sixteen of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Georgetown won the Big East during their regular season and also was the Big East Tournament champions this fall. The Hoyas also come into this match undefeated at home this season.

The Mountaineers this season have been paced by sophomore forward Ciro Bourlot Jaeggi who leads West Virginia in goals with six and points with 12. The Hoyas have been paced by junior forward Stefan Stojanovic who has nine goals and 20 points on the year.

The last time these two teams faced off was in 2018, with Georgetown getting the best of West Virginia, winning 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Current West Virginia goalkeeper Steven Tekesky was also in net for that game, just as he will be on Saturday.

This is West Virginia’s first appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals since 1981, and their first appearance in the Elite Eight under the current tournament format.

The two teams are set to kickoff at noon at Shaw Field, and the game will be televised on ESPN+.

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