RICHMOND, VA — The University of Dayton men’s soccer team clinched an automatic bid into this year’s NCAA Tournament by beating VCU, 2-1, in the Atlantic 10 Championship game.
UD was the No. 6 seed while VCU was both the No. 1 seed and host school.
The Flyers improved to 8-6-6.
This is Dayton’s fifth A-10 title overall and first since 2015.
The Rams took a 1-0 on Jonathan Kanagwa’s goal in the 10th minute of the first half when a saved shot rebounded back to him, and he drove it home.
The Flyers evened the score at 1-1 in the 69th minute on senior Kenji Mboma Dem’s goal.
With just over a minute to play in regulation, graduate student Hjalti Sigurdsson headed in the game-winning goal.
Mboma Dem’s was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
UD had four other players Logan Brown, Manny Day Dario Caetano, and Sigrudsson on the A-10 All-Championship Team.
The Flyers will find out who their next opponent is in the 2023 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament at 1 p.m. during the NCAA selection show.
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