Marshall draws road game at Elon in NCAA opener

— By David Walsh

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — No. 9 Marshall has a first-round NCAA Division I soccer date Thursday against Elon at 6 p.m. in Elon, N.C.

The Thundering Herd (10-3-3) is included in the NCAA field for the fourth straight year.

The winner between Marshall and the Phoenix, an at-large entry like the Herd, will play at Virginia on Sunday in the second round.

Elon is 11-4-3 and the host team at Rudd Field for the first time since 2015. 

The Herd and Phoenix are 1-1 in the all-time series. The teams last met in 2009 with Elon winning, 2-0.

Marshall is on the same side of the bracket with Indiana, the team it beat for the 2020 NCAA national title. The Hoosiers await the winner of the Memphis-St. Louis contest in the second round.

Kentucky, regular season and tournament champion in its first year in the Sun Belt Conference, is the top seed. 

The Wildcats (14-0-5) are the only unbeaten team in the country. 

Kentucky and Marshall are the only two Sun Belt teams in the tournament.

Pac-12 Conference winner Washington is No. 2 seed and Syracuse of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is No. 3. Defending national champion Clemson of the ACC is the sixth seed.

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