Nov. 12, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats entered Monday's NCAA College Cup Selection Show with hopes of gaining a spot in the 48-team field for the first time in program history. But those hopes were dashed as the Selection Show unfolded late this afternoon. The Wildcats were not among the at-large selections and have completed their season with a 12-6-2 overall mark and a final RPI of 43.
"We were definitely one of the last teams out," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "It's tough. We had 12 wins and that's usually a good number when you play in a league as challenging as the Big East. We understand how it works, though. It turns out we were probably one win away from going.
"We're still proud of what this team accomplished. This program has never been this close to being chosen. The season was successful - we just wish we could have taken one more step."
The BIG EAST Conference set a record with eight teams earning invitations to the College Cup, led by No. 1 overall seed Notre Dame, which claimed the conference playoff title on Sunday. Other entries from the conference include: Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, St. John's, USF, and Syracuse.
"The Big East is arguably the best soccer conference in the country," stated Carlin. "We were right there as one of the top eight teams in the quarterfinals of the Big East playoffs."
The Wildcats watched the Selection Show together and Carlin says that experience will bring meaning as they look toward 2013, when the College Cup semifinals will be hosted by Villanova at PPL Park.
"It's a tough night for our guys but there is good here," says Carlin. "We have taken baby steps. We need to continue to grow. This will keep us hungry."