MAC Champion Chippewas To Face Purdue In NCAA Tournament

Updated 11/10/2009
Story courtesy of CMU Sports Information Department

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament champion Central Michigan soccer team gathered together to discover its NCAA Tournament fate on Monday night.

The Chippewas will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., for their first NCAA postseason appearance where they will face Purdue at 5 p.m. Friday.

Purdue went 12-5-3 during the regular season and finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 5-3-2 mark in conference play. The Chippewas and Boilermakers have clashed once in their history, with Purdue claiming a 2-0 win in Mount Pleasant in 2001. PU is the No. 3 team in the Great Lakes Region in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, while CMU comes in at No. 8 in the region.

If Central Michigan advances past Purdue, it will face the winner between Notre Dame, ranked fourth nationally and last year's NCAA runner-up, and IUPUI. CMU has never faced UND and is 2-0 all-time against IUPUI with the last meeting happening in 1999.

The Chippewas went 16-3-3 during the regular season and posted the first undefeated conference season in MAC history with a 9-0-2 league ledger.