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No. 1 Seed Liberty Hosts No. 8 Seed Winthrop in BSC Quarterfinals

October 27, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 1 Seed Liberty Hosts No. 8 Seed Winthrop in BSC Quarterfinals

With its 1-0 win over Longwood, Tuesday night, the Liberty women's soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big South Championship. The Lady Flames (10-7-1, 8-2 Big South) will host No. 8 seed Winthrop (6-8-3, 3-5-2 Big South) in the quarterfinals, Sunday at 2 p.m. The contest will stream live on the Big South Network.

In the two squads' most recent meeting on Oct. 21, Liberty defeated the Lady Eagles in Rock Hill, S.C., 3-0. A trio of Lady Flames posted goals for Liberty – freshman forward Devon Jones, sophomore midfielder Jordan Kestel and freshman midfielder Lauren Weygandt. Jones and Kestel each added assists, while sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel contributed a helper on Kestel's marker.

Along with its 8-2 mark in Big South play, Liberty finished the conference slate as the Big South regular-season champions with a total of 24 points.

Coastal Carolina finished second with a 7-2-1 mark for 22 points, while Campbell earned the No. 3 seed by finishing at 7-3-0 and 21 points. High Point garnered the fourth seed with 19 points as they finished with a 6-3-1 record. Each of the top four seeds will host a quarterfinal-round game this weekend.

The Lancers of Longwood are the No. 5 seed, as they posted a 5-3-2 mark for 17 points. Charleston Southern and UNC Asheville each finished with a 4-6-0 record and 12 points. Asheville is the No. 6 seed and CSU is seeded seventh as a result of a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bulldogs defeated the Bucs, 1-0, on Oct. 7 in Asheville. A tiebreaker was also needed to decide the eighth and final seed. Winthrop and Gardner-Webb finished with 11 points and a 3-5-2 record, and Winthrop is the No. 8 seed due to a 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 26.

The 2015 Big South Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites this weekend before moving to Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 6 and 8. The quarterfinals and semifinals will air on the Big South Network, while the final will be shown on ESPN3. The Big South's tournament champion receives and automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. The full tournament schedule is as follows:

Quarterfinals (Campus Sites), Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Saturday, Oct. 31: #5 Longwood at #4 High Point – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1: #7 Charleston Southern at #2 Coastal Carolina – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1: #8 Winthrop at #1 Liberty – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1: #6 UNC Asheville at #3 Campbell – 5 p.m.

Semifinals (Bryan Park – Greensboro, N.C.) – Friday, Nov. 6
Match 5: No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1/8 winner, – 4 p.m.
Match 6: No. 2/7 winner vs. No. 3/6 winner – 7 p.m.

Final (Bryan Park – Greensboro, N.C.) – Sunday, Nov. 8
Match 7: winner, Match 5 vs. winner, Match 6 – 2 p.m.