Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer to Host Mercer in NCAA 1st Round
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team gathered in the athletics field house on Monday to learn, with the rest of the nation, its first round opponent for the 2017 NCAA Championships by watching the national NCAA.com webcast. The verdict was that the Chanticleers will host Mercer in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 16. The match time will be at 7:00 pm.
Tickets for the NCAA First Round are available by calling the CCU Athletics Ticket Office at 843-347-8499, coming to the CCU Athletics Ticket Office in Arcadia Hall or purchasing them at the stadium gate on gameday. Ticket prices are set for $8 for adults and $5 for youth (high school age and below). All tickets are general admission.
All Coastal Carolina students with a valid CCU ID will be admitted FREE, courtesy of Coastal Carolina University. Student tickets will not be distributed in advance.
As a reminder to all fans, Coastal Carolina has implemented a clear bag policy at all ticketed events for the 2017-18 seasons. The guidelines can be found HERE.
The Chanticleers (12-6-1) earned a first round home match based on their regular season body of work, winning both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championships and posting an RPI of 23 thanks to recent road wins over #3 Maryland and #24 William and Mary.
Mercer (7-8-6) punched its ticket to the NCAA postseason by winning its second consecutive Southern Conference championship, defeating UNCG in a penalty shootout (1-1; 3-2 PK) at Stone Soccer Stadium in Greenville, N.C. The Bears entered the SoCon tournament as the fourth seed, and defeated #5 Wofford (2-1) and #1 ETSU (0-0; 4-3 PK) prior to edging the Spartans in the championship.
Coastal is 7-0 all-time versus Mercer. The schools last met in the 2005 season.
The Chanticleers will be making their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 15th in school history. Head coach Shaun Docking has now led the Chants to the NCAA postseason 13 times with previous appearances in 2001, `02, `03, `04, `05, `10, '11, '12,`13, '14, '15 and '16 as well.
Thursday will mark the seventh straight and eighth overall time Coastal has hosted an NCAA Men's Soccer Championship match. The Chanticleers are 7-0 all-time when hosting an NCAA Men's Soccer Championship match.
Thursday's winner will travel to eighth-seeded Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 19. Coastal is 2-9-2 all-time against the Tigers. The last meeting between the schools in 2016 was won by Clemson.