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Sun Belt Announces 2018 Men’s Soccer Championship Bracket (2018-11-04 13:43:32)

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time, Georgia State enters the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Championship with the No. 1 seed as the Panthers captured the 2018 regular-season title outright.

The 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship gets underway Wednesday, Nov. 7 from Eagle Field at Erk Russell Athletic Park in Statesboro, Ga., on the campus of Georgia Southern.

Georgia State (9-6-2, 2-0-2 Sun Belt) closed its Sun Belt slate unbeaten with eight points and finished conference play undefeated for the first time since 1989 as a member of the former Trans America Athletic Conference (now ASUN Conference).

The host Eagles (6-6-3, 2-1-1 Sun Belt) compiled seven points to grab the No. 2 seed over Appalachian State (8-5-3, 2-1-1) by virtue of their 1-0 win over the Mountaineers on Oct. 27. Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are set to meet again in one of two semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9.

Appalachian State earned the No. 3 seed with seven points, capping off its regular season with a 3-0 victory over Howard. Now the Mountaineers now face Georgia Southern again with the chance to play for the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship on the line.

Coastal Carolina (9-5, 2-2), with six points and the No. 4 seed, enters the championship in an unfamiliar position. The Chanticleers will play on the tournament’s first day for the first time since joining the league in 2016. Coastal Carolina won the Sun Belt tournament title in its first two seasons (2016 and 2017) in the conference.

Howard (2-9-3, 0-4) has the No. 5 seed and faces Coastal Carolina in the championship opener on Wednesday. The Bison are the fifth seed for the second-straight year. Last year, Howard upset fourth-seeded Hartwick to advance to its first Sun Belt Championship semifinal in just its second season in the conference.

All four matches of the 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship are set for live coverage on ESPN+. Follow the championship action via Twitter (@SunBelt) or live stats available on SunBeltSports.org.

2018 SUN BELT MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern and Subject to Change

Wednesday, November 7 - Quarterfinal
Match 1: No. 5 Howard vs. No. 4 Coastal Carolina (ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 9 - Semifinals
Match 2: Match 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Georgia State (ESPN+), 4:00 p.m.
Match 3: No. 3 Appalachian State at No. 2 Georgia Southern (ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 11 - Final
Match 4: Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner (ESPN+), 1 p.m.



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