Sandburg Men’s Soccer to Make 1st National Tourney Appearance

GALESBURG — Turns out the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team’s historic season isn’t quite done after all.

The 12th-ranked Chargers have accepted an invitation to make their first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship, which takes place Nov. 15-20 at the Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kan.

Sandburg (15-4) lost 1-0 in double overtime at Prairie State last week in the semifinals of the Region IV tournament, but with the Pioneers and fellow finalist Triton both unable to participate in the national tournament, the NJCAA invited the Chargers to serve as the region’s automatic qualifier.

Sandburg will learn its seed and schedule for the tournament Tuesday. The 12-team tournament includes four groups in pool play. The winner of each group advances to the semifinal round Nov. 19. The championship will be played Nov. 20.

The national tournament appearance marks another historic accomplishment this year for Sandburg, which has already set a school record for victories and has been ranked in all 11 weeks of the national rankings. The Chargers were as high as No. 7 on a pair of occasions, the best ranking in program history. 


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