CM – Weber State welcomes southern Illinois to the FCS Playoffs – KSL Sports

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OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State soccer team will play Southern Illinois in the first round of the FCS Playoffs against Southern Illinois on Saturday, April 24th at Stewart Stadium.

Weber State will play the Southern Illinois Salukis of host the Missouri Valley Conference in the FCS Playoffs on April 24th at 2pm. MDT.

The Salukis went 5-3 this season against Southeast Missouri, then no. 1 North Dakota State, Youngstown State, No. 4 Northern Iowa, and No. 15 Southeastern Louisiana. Their losses came against North Dakota, No. 6 South Dakota State, and Missouri State. They had canceled games against Illinois State and Western Illinois.

The 16-team bracket was released on Sunday, with the top four teams receiving seeds. South Dakota State is number 1, followed by Sam Houston State in second place, James Madison in third place, and Jacksonville State in fourth place.

If the state Weber can knock out southern Illinois, it will face the state’s winner South Dakota and the Holy Cross. Eastern Washington is the only other Big Sky school to make the FCS playoffs.

The Wildcats first made the playoffs in 2016 when they lost to Chattanooga. After that, they hit the postseason every season. In 2017 Weber State knocked out western Illinois and southern Utah in the first two rounds before losing to James Madison in the quarterfinals. The following season, the Wildcats defeated Southeast Missouri in the second round and lost to Maine in the quarterfinals.

They reached the semifinals in 2019 after defeating Kennesaw State and Montana in the second round and quarterfinals respectively. James Madison eliminated them from the playoffs in the semifinals.

In a shortened spring 2021 season, Weber State ended with a 5-0 record with two wins against Idaho State, UC Davis, northern Arizona and southern Utah. You won the Big Sky Conference championship for the first time in program history.

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