SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State men’s soccer team is ready to put on their dancing shoes.
The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday, the first since 1999, and secured an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
This is the second straight trip to the tournament for the Bears (11-1) and the fifth in program history.
“Last year we did it and we were very happy, but this year we’re not just happy we did, we want to have a big impact on this tournament,” said the Bears senior forward. Josh Dolling. “It’s not just something we want to go through, get in there and celebrate. We want to get in there and go as far as possible. Win a few matches, then win it all. “
Missouri State has been ranked in just about every poll and has started to climb to the top after starting the season winning nine straight games. This leads the bears to think that a first-round pass should be in order.
“This team deserves it and the one in 2019 did it and if I didn’t say I would be a liar. They deserve it, ”said Bears head coach Jon Leamy. “We’re so proud of them, they can play with anyone in the country and it’s going to be good to see who is selected and who it is. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. “
The NCAA will release the hooks for the men’s soccer championships at 11 a.m. Monday.