IU men's soccer

Hoosiers Francesco Moore (left), Cory Thomas and Andrew Gutman look to push the ball forward against Wisconsin in the 2017 Big Ten Championship. 

Indiana might not be the first state you think of when you imagine a hotbed for collegiate soccer, but the state will be well-represented in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, which kicks off Thursday, Nov. 16. 

This year's 48-team bracket was released Monday, with Indiana, Notre Dame and Butler all earning spots in the competition. 

Ranked No. 4 in the final RPI standings, Indiana (15-0-5) earned the tournament's No. 2 overall seed. The Hoosiers had been ranked No. 1 in the nation at several times throughout the season. The berth marks the 31st consecutive year they've been invited to the tournament, the longest streak in the nation. 

The Hoosiers came just short of winning their 13th Big Ten Championship Sunday, falling to Wisconsin in a penalty shootout 4-2. 

They will host winner of the Old Dominion and NC State on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Ranked No. 10 in the final RPI standings, Notre Dame (11-6-2) earned the tournament's No. 12 overall seed. The Fighting Irish, who fell to Virginia 2-1 in the ACC Tournament semifinals, will host the winner of Wisconsin and Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. 

Ranked No. 14 in the final RPI standings, Butler (12-4-2) earned an at-large bid and will face Lipscomb in a first-round match on Thursday. If the Bulldogs win, they'll travel to VCU for a Sunday match with the No. 16 overall seed. 

The Bulldogs were the Big East regular season champions, but lost to Xavier in the semifinals of the conference tournament. 

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