Regardless what transpires in the opening round of the NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament, at least one area team will reach the second round.
That’s because Fordham University will host St. Francis Brooklyn at Coffey Field Thursday at 7 p.m. in a rare derby tourney confrontation of New York City teams.
The winner will travel to 11th-seeded University of Virginia Sunday.
Columbia University also was selected to the 48-team field as the Lions will visit William & Mary College in the first round Thursday.
The victor of that encounter will take on top-seeded Wake Forest University Sunday.