NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Massachusetts men’s soccer team finished the year 6-1-1 in conference play to clinch the Atlantic 10 regular season title and the top seed for the 2017 A-10 Men’s Soccer Championship. The eight-team championship begins on the campuses of the top four
The Minutemen finished their season with an overall record of 12-3-3, earning 19 total points in conference play. They will host No. 8 Saint Louis at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Saint Louis (7-8-1) defeated Saint Joseph’s 2-0, in a must-win game Wednesday night to earn the final spot in the championship. The Billikens finished with 12 points at 4-4-0 in league play.
VCU (6-2-0, 18 points) is seeded second with a 10-5-0 overall record. The Rams will host seventh-seeded St. Bonaventure in the championship’s first round game at 7:00 pm on Sunday. The Bonnies had 12 points to earn the seventh seed, with a 4-4-0 conference record and an 8-8-2 overall mark. St. Bonaventure also earned the tiebreaker over Saint Louis to claim the seventh seed.
George Washington is seeded third with 18 points and a 6-2-0 A-10 record. The Colonials, who are 9-6-2 overall, will host sixth-seeded Rhode Island at 1:00 pm on Saturday. The Rams are 4-3-1 in league play with 13 points and 9-5-3 overall.
Dayton is seeded fourth with 18 points at 6-2-0 in A-10 games and 9-7-2 overall. The Flyers will host fifth-seeded Fordham on Saturday at 7:00 pm in the quarterfinal contest. Fordham finished with 16 points with a 5-2-1 conference record and
The winner of Massachusetts/Saint Louis and Dayton/Fordham games will meet in Dayton in Friday’s first semifinal game at 4:30 pm. The second semifinal match, which begins at 7:00 pm, will feature the winners of VCU/St. Bonaventure and George Washington/Rhode Island. The championship final will be played on Sunday at noon. The winner will earn the A-10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Tickets for the championship will be available