WEST GOSHEN >> Surprises are usually an unwelcome improvement with regards to NCAA choice exhibits, however what occurred Sunday was an exception for West Chester soccer.
A day after dropping the PSAC Championship Recreation at residence, the Golden Rams’ season was prolonged. West Chester (eight-three general) was an sudden entry into the 28-staff NCAA Division II Playoffs, grabbing a fifth seed in Tremendous Area I.
“I’m pleasantly stunned,” stated head coach Invoice Zwaan. “I noticed one thing on-line beforehand that defined a means we might probably get in due to our power of schedule and a few our wins. So I went in feeling that there was an opportunity.”
For the second time this season, the Rams will journey to Shippensburg to tackle the fourth seeded Raiders (10-1) in spherical one on Saturday (1 p.m. kickoff). The winner will draw prime-seeded Indiana (Pa.) on Nov. 25.
“Plenty of our seniors thought that their school careers have been over, however now they’ve earned themselves one other recreation,” Zwaan stated. “I really feel nice for them.
“We’re simply excited to be within the playoffs and none of us have been actually frightened about who we might be enjoying. The truth that it’s a staff we have now some information and really feel for in all probability makes it somewhat higher for us.”
Including to the intrigue is the truth that WCU handed Shippensburg its solely setback on Oct. seventh at Seth Grove Stadium. It’s a bit ironic that West Chester’s most spectacular victory within the common season was a key think about getting the postseason berth, and the reward is a rematch.
“That day, after the sport, I used to be pleased with what the youngsters completed (at Shippensburg) as a result of I knew what a great staff we have been enjoying and that we have been considerably shorthanded,” stated Zwaan, remembering the 37-27 triumph . “We simply hung in there and found out a approach to get it completed.”
It’s a thriller how WCU truly moved up a spot within the regional rankings, from No. 6 to five, after dropping a house contest, however Zwaan isn’t complaining. Typical knowledge was that eight-three Slippery Rock would end larger than the Rams as a result of the Rock edged West Chester forty nine-forty two in early September. However a loss to Kutztown on Saturday dropped SRU from fifth to out of the highest seven and out of a berth.
“I used to be stunned we have been (seeded) 5,” Zwaan acknowledged. “However then I began considering that previously, when two groups are proper subsequent to one another (in seeding like WCU and Shippensburg), and…