SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) – After winning the Southern Conference regular season championship Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Wofford, ETSU earned the top seed in the official tournament bracket, the league office announced Sunday.
ETSU, who finished 6-0-4 in conference play to complete its first-ever undefeated conference season, will have a bye for the second season in a row. This year’s tournament will take place in Greenville, S.C. on the campus of Furman University.
The Bucs will play their semifinal match Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Furman’s Stone Soccer Stadium. No. 1 ETSU will face the winner of No. 5 Wofford and No. 4 Mercer, which will be determined Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Macon, Ga.
Both semifinal matches, including No. 2 UNCG against the winner of No. 3 Furman and No. 6 VMI, will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.
If the Bucs win Nov. 10, they will advance to the championship final, which is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
The tournament winner will receive an automatic bid in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship playoff.
SoCon Men’s Soccer Tournament Bracket
To view the full tournament bracket, click here.
To view the final regular season standings, click here.
ETSU vs. Conference Opponents
No. 2 UNCG: The Bucs finished 1-0-1 against the Spartans, including a dramatic 2-1 road victory on Luke Parker’s (Memphis, Tenn.) go-ahead go late in the contest. UNCG also receives a bye as the two seed and will face the winner of No. 3 Furman and No. 6 VMI at Furman following the conclusion of ETSU’s semifinal game.
No. 3 Furman: The Bucs and Paladins battled to draws in each of their two contests this season. In Johnson City, junior goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) recorded a season high 10 saves to help ETSU earn the shutout. In Greenville, S.C., Parker put the Bucs ahead with an early goal in the third minute, but Furman answered in the second half to tie things up for good.
No. 4 Mercer: After battling to a nil-nil tie in Johnson City Oct. 10, the Bucs traveled to Macon and pulled off a 1-0 overtime victory after freshman Danny Barlow (Newcastle, England) forced a Mercer defender into an own goal in the 99th minute. Sutherland recorded two of his eight shutouts against the Bears. Mercer is the defending SoCon tournament champions, knocking off ETSU last season in the championship game on penalty kicks.
No. 5 Wofford: The Bucs earned two solid victories over Wofford this season, including a back-and-forth 3-2 road victory in Spartanburg. Junior midfielder Nick Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.) headed in the tying a go-ahead goals off assists from sophomore Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo Brazil) to lead the Bucs to its first road win at Wofford in the Bo Oshoniyi era. Last Saturday, the Bucs capped off the regular season with a 4-1 win in Johnson City, clinching the conference championship in the process.
No. 6 VMI: The Bucs recorded a pair of victories over VMI this season, including a 5-0 road victory and a 4-0 win at Summers-Taylor Stadium. In the two games, a combined seven players scored at least one goal, with Barlow and senior Richmond Taylor (Hendersonville, Tenn.) burying two goals in the series.
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