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Chanticleers Draw East Tennessee State in NCAA Tournament First Round

Coastal is hosting a first round match for the third consecutive year

       

Head coach Shaun Docking discusses the Chanticleers' NCAA Tournament draw.

Head coach Shaun Docking discusses the Chanticleers' NCAA Tournament draw.

Nov. 18, 2013

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CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team and members of the media gathered in the team meeting room inside Adkins Field House on Monday to learn, with the rest of the nation, its first round opponent to the NCAA Championships by watching the nationally-broadcast NCAA.com webcast. The verdict was the Atlantic Sun Conference champions East Tennessee State Buccaneers.

The match is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. on the Coastal Carolina University campus.

As an official NCAA postseason event, there will be an admission charged to all spectators. Ticket prices for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under) and senior citizens. Fans may purchase tickets at the South ticket booth of Brooks Stadium starting at 6 p.m.

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.

East Tennessee State student tickets are available for $5 with a valid ETSU student ID.

Parking for the match is available at Brooks Stadium or adjacent to The Boni Belle Practice and Hitting Facility.

The Chanticleers earned their NCAA Championship berth by claiming the Big South Conference tournament championship and the league's automatic bid with a 2-nil win over rival Liberty on Sunday. Coastal also claimed the conference's regular season title with a 9-1-0 record.

East Tennessee State punched its ticket to the Tournament with a 3-1 victory over North Florida in Sunday's Atlantic Sun Conference title match. The Buccaneers are 10-5-4 (5-2-1 Atlantic Sun) on the season and are riding a five-game winning streak.

The Chanticleers own a 17-4-0 record and are ranked 12th nationally. This will be Coastal's 11th NCAA berth and the ninth under head coach Shaun Docking, who led the Chants to the NCAA postseason in 2001, `02, `03, `04, `05, `10, `11 and `12. Thursday will mark the third straight and fourth overall time Coastal has hosted an NCAA Men's Soccer Championship match.

Last season the Chanticleers hosted and defeated Elon, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Coastal then went on the road and upset 15th-seeded Wake Forest by a 2-1 final in overtime before falling to second-seeded and eventual College Cup participant Maryland in the round of 16.

Thursday's winner advances to face 13th-seeded Charlotte on Sunday, Nov. 24.