CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford and Winthrop finished the Big South's women's soccer regular-season season with identical 8-2-0 League records for 24 points, the second consecutive year both programs have tied for the co-championship. With Radford winning the head-to-head meeting with the Eagles earlier this season, the Highlanders receive the No. 1 seed in next week's Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, which will be contested at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Radford is the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1999 and the second time in school history.
Winthrop is the No. 2 seed in the championship, ahead of new member Campbell, which garnered the No. 3 seed with its 7-1-2 League record (23 points). High Point landed the No. 4 seed with 20 points during the Conference season (6-2-2 record), while Liberty (5-4-1) claimed the No. 5 seed with 16 points (5-4-1), followed by Gardner-Webb at No. 6 with 14 points (4-4-2). Tournament host Charleston Southern (4-5-1) notched the No. 7 seed with 13 points, with UNC Asheville claiming the No. 8 seed with its final Conference record of 3-7-0 (nine points) to round out the eight-team championship field.
Presbyterian College (2-6-2) finished ninth in the Conference standings with eight points but is not eligible for the Championship due to its transition to Division I. Coastal Carolina finished 10th in the League with seven points (2-7-1) followed by VMI in 11th-place with its 0-9-1 Conference record.
The 2011 Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins Thursday, Nov. 3 with four quarterfinal matches and concludes with the Championship contest on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00pm. The Big South's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. All games will be video streamed live on the Conference's broadband channel, the Big South Network presented by State Farm. In-game statistics will be available on www.BigSouthSports.com and www.csusports.com. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 3 - Quarterfinals
Match 1: No. 4 seed High Point vs. No. 5 seed Liberty, 11:30am ET
Match 2: No. 1 seed Radford vs. No. 8 seed UNC Asheville, 2:00pm ET
Match 3: No. 3 seed Campbell vs. No. 6 seed Gardner-Webb, 4:30pm ET
Match 4: No. 2 seed Winthrop vs. No. 7 seed Charleston Southern, 7:00pm ET
(The bracket has been adjusted to allow the host institution to play in the late match on the first day).
Friday, Nov. 4 - Semifinals
Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30pm ET
Match 6: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 7:00pm ET
Sunday, Nov. 6 - Championship
Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner, 2:00pm ET