SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s men’s soccer team defeated Belmont 2-1 on Saturday night to take a share of the Southern Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SoCon Men’s Soccer Championship. Furman split the regular season title with UNC Greensboro, as both squads finished 5-1-0 in conference play.
The Paladins finished the regular season with an 11-6-1 overall record and are 5-1-0 in the conference. Furman, paced on offense by fullback Cole McLagan’s 18 points (eight goals and two assists) and on defense by keeper Max Fisher’s 1.53 goals-against average, will face either No. 4 seed Mercer or No. 5 seed Wofford in the SoCon semifinals on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Furman went 0-1 against Mercer and 1-0 versus Wofford this year.
Mercer and Wofford will meet in Greenville, South Carolina, on Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. The Bears went 11-6-0 in the regular season and 3-3-0 in SoCon play, wrapping up their conference slate with a 4-1 win over VMI on Tuesday to secure hosting duties. Wofford finished its regular season at 4-13-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league play. The Terriers entered Saturday’s match at ETSU with a chance to finish as high as the third seed but dropped the contest to set up a matchup with the Bears. Wofford defeated Mercer in the lone head-to-head matchup of the season, defeating the Bears 3-2 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
On the other side of the bracket, UNCG claimed the No. 2 seed after ending conference play on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Mercer. The Spartans went 8-8-1 overall (4-1-1 in conference play) and boast four players who have scored four or more goals this season, including Albert Pedra, who leads the team with eight goals. The Spartans will host the winner of No. 3 ETSU against the winner of No. 7 VMI and No. 6 Belmont in the tournament semifinals on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. UNCG went 1-0 against Belmont, ETSU and VMI this season.
ETSU ended the regular season with a 2-1 overtime win against Wofford, closing the year at 8-7-2 overall and 4-2-0 in SoCon play. Belmont finished its regular season at 3-11-2 overall and 1-4-1 in conference play, while VMI finished its season 1-15-0 overall and 0-6-0 in conference play. They will battle it out on Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, at 6 p.m. to determine who will head to Greensboro, North Carolina, to take on ETSU Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. for a chance at a spot in the conference semifinals against UNCG.
The championship match will take place Saturday, Nov. 16 or Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. and will take place at the highest remaining seed.
The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
2019 SoCon Men’s Soccer Championship
First Round, Tuesday, Nov 5
Campus sites (at higher seeds)
Match 1: No. 7 VMI at No. 6 Belmont, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Friday, Nov. 8
Match 2: Winner of match #1 at No. 3 ETSU, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Match 3: No. 5 Wofford at No. 4 Mercer, Greenville, South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Semifinals, Sunday, Nov. 10
Campus sites (at higher seeds)
Match 4: Winner of match #3 vs. No. 1 Furman, 1 p.m.
Match 5: Winner of match #2 vs. No. 2 UNCG, 6 p.m.
Finals, Saturday, Nov. 16 or Sunday, Nov. 17
Campus site (at highest remaining seed)
Match 6: Winner of match #4 vs. Winner of match #5, 6 p.m.
(all times Eastern)