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Liberty Garners Fourth Seed for Upcoming Big South Championship
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will be the No. 4 seed at the upcoming Big South Men's Soccer Championship, which starts Thursday at Green-Harbison Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C. The conference announced the seedings and pairings this evening, after the close of the 2011 Big South regular season earlier today.
Closing out their 2011 regular season with back-to-back 3-0 wins, the Flames tied for fourth place in the conference standings with the Radford Highlanders and the High Point Panthers. All three teams finished with matching 4-4-1 records and 13 points. By virtue of its victories over Radford and High Point during the regular season, Liberty claims the No. 4 seed for the tournament. The Highlanders get the No. 5 seed due to their victory over High Point during the season, while then Panthers receive the No. 6 slot.
Liberty finished the 2011 regular season with a 9-6-1 overall record. The Flames enter the single-elimination tournament with two consecutive shutouts, defeating UNC Asheville, 3-0, last Saturday and handing Radford a 3-0 loss, this past Wednesday. The Flames lead the Big South in shutouts with seven.
Liberty and Radford will meet in a Big South Quarterfinal match-up at Noon, Thursday. After defeating Winthrop, 3-1, this afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C., the Highlanders will enter the tournament with a 9-8-1 overall mark. It is the second consecutive year that the Flames and Highlanders will meet on the first day of the Big South Men's Championship. Last season, No. 5 seed Radford defeated No. 4 seed Liberty, 2-1, on Nov. 11 at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.
Coastal Carolina, ranked No. 10 nationally, claimed the top seed for next week's Big South Men's Soccer Championship with a 9-0 Big South mark and 27 points. Host Gardner-Webb will be the second seed, finishing with a 5-3-1 Big South record and 16 points. Campbell is the third seed with a 5-4 conference record and 15 points.
After the trio tied with 13 points each in the standings, Winthrop and UNC Asheville round out the seeding at No. 7 and 8, respectively.
The 2011 Big South Men's Soccer Championship will be played on the campus of Gardner-Webb University, beginning Thursday, with four games, and concludes with the title game on Sunday, Nov. 13. All seven games of the Big South Men's Soccer Championship will air live on the Big South Network. The Big South's tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The conference championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 10
Game 1: No. 4 Liberty vs. No. 5 Radford, Noon
Game 2: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 8 UNC Asheville, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 3 Campbell vs. No. 6 High Point, 5 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 7 Winthrop, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (Semifinals), 4 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (Semifinals), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (Championship), 2 p.m.