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Massachusetts Claims Top Seed in 2017 #A10MSOC Championship

Release: 11/01/2017
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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 seeds, and then heads to Dayton’s Baujan Field for the semifinals and finals, Nov 10-12.

 

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 a 11-4-2 overall mark.

 

VCU, George Washington and Dayton all tied with 18 points in conference play. VCU claimed the second seed based on a goal-differential tiebreaker. George Washington is third and Dayton fourth based on head-to-head results.

 

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 on site at Baujan Field. All three rounds of the championship will be streamed for free on the A-10 Network, and are also available on mobile devices through the A-10 app. For complete coverage of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship, log on to the Championship Central at Atlantic10.com 

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