CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Winthrop womens soccer team, in just its fourth year of existence, has claimed its first-ever Big South regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this weeks Big South Womens Soccer Championship, which begins Thursday in Conway, S.C., it was determined today as the Conference season concluded this afternoon with Birmingham-Southerns 8-1 win over VMI. The Lady Eagles last seasons No. 8 seed finished the season with a 6-1-1 League mark for 19 points, in addition to a school-record 13 overall wins.
Tournament host Coastal Carolina earns the No. 2 seed with its 6-2-0 (18 points) Big South record after winning 4-3 Saturday night at High Point. Defending Conference champion Liberty is the No. 3 seed at 5-2-1 (16 points), while Birmingham-Southern captures the No. 4 seed with a 5-3-0 Big South record and will face No. 5 seed UNC Asheville (4-2-2, 14 points). High Point and Radford tied for sixth-place at 3-5-0 (nine points), with the Panthers receiving the No. 6 seed due to its win over the Lady Highlanders during the season. Charleston Southern garners the No. 8 seed with its final League mark of 2-6-0 (six points). VMI finished ninth in the Big South at 0-8-0 and did not qualify for the tournament.
The 2006 Big South Womens Soccer Championship begins Thursday, Nov. 2 with four games and concludes with the Championship game on Sunday, Nov. 5. The Big Souths Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Womens Soccer Championship. All games will have real-time in-game statistics available on www.BigSouthSports.com and www.GoCCUSports.com. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 2
Game 1: No. 4 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 5 UNC Asheville, 12:00pm ET
Game 2: No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8 Charleston Southern, 2:30pm ET
Game 3: No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 High Point, 5:00pm ET
Game 4: No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 Radford, 7:30pm ET
Friday, Nov. 3
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (Semifinals), 5:00pm ET
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (Semifinals), 7:30pm ET
Sunday, Nov. 5
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (Championship), 1:00pm ET