Arkansas gets Virginia Tech in second round of NCAAs

By: Matt Jones
Published: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Tyler Runnels (13) and Kaelee Van Gundy of Arkansas celebrate after a goal by Runnels in the first half vs Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
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Tyler Runnels (13) and Kaelee Van Gundy of Arkansas celebrate after a goal by Runnels in the first half vs Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas is heading to the Tar Heel State for the third consecutive NCAA postseason.

The Razorbacks will play Virginia Tech on Friday at 1 p.m. at Koka Booth Stadium in Cary, N.C., in the second round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

The winner will play either North Carolina or Kansas in the Sweet 16 two days later at the same site. North Carolina is the site host and the No. 1 seed in the bracket.

Arkansas (14-4-4) is coming off a 5-1 win over Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the tournament Friday in Fayetteville. Virginia Tech (10-7-3) upset Texas, the No. 4 seed, 1-0 on Bridget Patch's goal in the 67th minute.

This is Arkansas' fourth trip to North Carolina for NCAA postseason play. The Razorbacks lost at North Carolina State in the first round of the tournament last year and lost to Clemson in penalty kicks in the second round at Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2016.

In 2013, Arkansas defeated St. John's in the second round before losing to Duke in penalty kicks in the Sweet 16 at Durham, N.C. The Razorbacks never have advanced past the round of 16.

The winner of the quadrant in North Carolina will advance to play in the Elite Eight against either No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 3 seed Santa Clara, North Carolina State or Minnesota.

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