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Soccer earns No. 4 seed, home match in NCAA tourney

The No. 4-seeded Longhorns host Virginia Tech Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mike A. Myers Stadium (Photo courtesy of texasssports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas – Home is where the ‘Horns own opponents, and the Texas Soccer team starts the NCAA Tournament Friday at home in Austin, where they haven’t lost a match all season.

An outstanding regular season earned the Longhorns the No. 4 national seeding for the NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday.

Texas is set to host Virginia Tech Friday night in Austin at Mike A. Myers Stadium, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

“Virginia Tech is a well-coached team from one of the top conferences in the country,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “They are battle-tested in the ACC and have recent history of making the College Cup as well as strong NCAA Tournament history. They are going to be a tremendous opponent for an opening round match.”

More: See the entire interactive NCAA Bracket here

With a second-straight appearance in the big tourney, the Longhorns (13-4-3) are looking to make a deep run with the benefit of starting at home, where Texas sports a robust 10-0 record this season.

The meeting on Friday will be the first meeting in Texas program history against the Hokies, with the Longhorns seeking to extend their current 11-match home unbeaten streak.

Should Texas advance past Virginia Tech Friday, the Longhorns would most likely travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face the winner of Arkansas vs. Little Rock in second round action.

The Hokies (9-7-3) come in with a 3-5-1 record on the road, including a 2-0 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

“This time of year it’s about ‘survive-and-advance,’ so we’ll prepare well this week and be ready to go on Friday night,” Kelly added.

Virginia Tech features All-ACC goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn, who notched eight shutouts this season, and is led on the pitch by All-ACC defender Kelsey Irwin. Despite sitting on the proverbial bubble, the Hokies found themselves rewarded by the selection committee, receiving an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, according to hokiesports.com.

Fans get another chance to see one of the most successful Texas Soccer squads to play on the Forty Acres Friday, where the atmosphere for home games has been rocking all season long. The University of Texas strongly recommends purchasing parking online prior to arrival for the match through Click & Park for a $5 rate. With additional non-athletics events occurring on the UT campus that evening, day-of parking rates will be much higher.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through TexasSports.com or by clicking here, and also by calling (512) 471-3333.

On the day of the match Friday, the Myers Stadium ticket office and gates will open one hour prior to the start of the contest at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament are: $10 for Field Level general admission, $8 for the Adult Grandstand general admission, $5 for Students/Groups (groups must purchase 15 or more tickets) and $3 for Youth (12-and-under) general admission.

The Texas Soccer team earned the No. 4 spot in the NCAA Tournament and the right to host the opening round match Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.