Dayton Claims Top Seed in Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Dayton Flyers have claimed the top seed in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship, which will be played at VCU’s Sports Backers Stadium, Thurs. Nov. 7-Sun., Nov. 10. The Flyers, who earned their 11th regular season title, look to win a fourth Atlantic 10 Championship in five years.
Dayton finished the regular season 7-1 in conference play with 21 points and 12-5-1 overall, suffering its only league loss to reigning A-10 Champion, La Salle, in the final weekend of the season. The Flyers will face eighth-seeded VCU at 5:00 pm on Thursday. The Rams, who play host to the Championship, finished 3-3-2 in conference play and 8-7-3 overall.
La Salle completed its regular season schedule with three conference victories to clinch the second seed, finishing 5-2-1 in the A-10, and 13-4-2 overall. The Explorers will face seventh-seeded George Washington at 11:00 am on Thursday, to open the Championship. The Colonials needed a win on the final day of the regular season to claim a spot in eight-team field, finishing 3-3-2 against conference foes, and 7-5-5 overall.
Saint Louis picked up the third seed in this year’s championship, finishing with 16 points with a 5-2-1 mark in the A-10, 6-10-2 overall. The Billikens tied for second place with the Explorers, but lost the tiebreaker. Saint Louis will face off against sixth-seeded Massachusetts in the 1:30 pm match on Thursday. The Minutewomen punched their ticket with a win over St. Bonaventure in their final game of the season. UMass also finished 3-3-2 in league play, winning the tiebreaker against George Washington and VCU.
Clinching the fourth seed in the Championship is St. Bonaventure, who rattled off four consecutive conference wins to finish with a 4-4-0 mark in the A-10. The Bonnies will face A-10 newcomer and fifth-seeded George Mason, in the 7:30 pm game on Thursday. The Patriots finished their first season in the league with a 4-4-0 record, and 7-10-1 overall.
The winner of the La Salle-George Washington game will play the winner of the Saint Louis-Massachusetts match, Friday at 5:00 pm. The winner of the Dayton-VCU game will face the winner of the St. Bonaventure-George Mason game in the semifinals, Friday at 7:30 pm. The Championship game will be played Sunday at 1:00 pm. The championship format, featuring an eight-team bracket, is single elimination, with the winner earning the A-10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
For complete coverage of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship, log on to the Championship Central at www.atlantic10.com. Each game of the Women’s Soccer Championship will be streamed for free on the A-10 Digital Network.