For the third consecutive season the Portland Men’s Soccer team will be playing in the NCAA tournament.
The no. 11 seeded Pilots will host an NCAA tournament matchup at Merlo Field on Sunday Nov. 19. After earning themselves a first round bye, the Pilots will take on the unseeded Oregon State University in the second-round of the tournament.
The Pilots are looking to keep the Merlo magic alive this Sunday with home field advantage. Courtesy of ASUP and the Office of the President, tickets will be free for all students. Students can head to the student entrance at Merlo Field upon game time to redeem their free ticket.
A pre-match tailgate will also be taking place in the Chiles Center Plaza for students starting at 4:15 p.m. Free pizza, hot chocolate, apple cider and tacos from Taqueria El Goloso will be provided, while supplies last.
For all other fans, tickets are available here. If you can’t make it to the game on Sunday, you can also catch the team in action live on ESPN+.
History could repeat itself on The Bluff this Sunday when the Pilots take on the Beavers. The Pilots eliminated the Beavers in the second-round of the NCAA tournament last year with a final score of 2-0.
The two teams faced off again earlier this season where the Pilots picked up a 2-1 win. The Pilots are entering this Sunday’s match up with an overall record of 12-4, compared to the Beavers 8-5-5.
This will be the Pilots third consecutive season making it into the NCAA tournament, notching Nick Carlin-Voigt’s 5th tournament appearance as the Pilots head coach and the program's 19th all-time appearance.
Emma Swett is a sports reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.