2018 Liberty Men's Soccer Schedule (ASUN Matches)
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will see its first season of competition as an Atlantic Sun Conference member, this fall. The Flames' first six-game ASUN schedule was released today.
Liberty will travel to DeLand, Fla., for its first ASUN contest against Stetson on Sept. 13. The Hatters were the conference's regular season champions in 2017. The Flames will host their first ASUN match at Osborne Stadium on Sept. 29 against North Florida.
Liberty's conference schedule will present a whole new challenge for the Flames, as Liberty has not played a current ASUN member since 1999 (Jacksonville).
Three different teams have captured the ASUN men's soccer tournament title each of the last three years. This past season, Lipscomb defeated Jacksonville, 2-1, to advance to its first NCAA Tournament in program history. The Bisons fell in the first round to Butler, 2-0.
Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) claimed the conference crown in 2016, while North Florida won the title in 2015. In 2016, FGCU became the first ASUN team to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament since 2006. The Eagles won on penalty kicks against South Florida, before falling in double overtime at North Carolina, 3-2.
Just like the tournament title, three different schools have taken the ASUN regular season crown. Last season, Stetson finished in first place, while North Florida in 2016 and FGCU in 2015 occupied the top spot in the standings. No ASUN regular season champion has won the conference's tournament title since FGCU did it in 2011 and 2012. The 2018 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship features a six-team format. With the top two seeds receiving byes, the conference's third and fourth seeds will host the fifth and sixth seeds in quarterfinal matches on Nov. 2. The winners will then advance to the semifinals on Nov. 4, with the ASUN Championship final on Nov. 10. The semifinals and finals will also be played on the home field of the highest remaining seeds. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
Liberty's 2018 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Flames' non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2018 Liberty Men's Soccer ASUN Schedule Sept. 13 – at Stetson (DeLand, Fla.) Sept. 29 – Home vs. North Florida Oct. 6 – Home vs. NJIT Oct. 10 – at FGCU (Fort Myers, Fla.) Oct. 13 – at Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn.) Oct. 20 – Home vs. Jacksonville Nov. 2 – ASUN Men's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals (at higher seed) Nov. 4 – ASUN Men's Soccer Championship Semifinals (at higher seed) Nov. 10 – ASUN Men's Soccer Championship Game (at higher seed)
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