After being held last year in Nashville, Tennessee, the Atlantic Sun Men’s Soccer Championship returns to Fort Myers on Thursday, Nov. 5.
The tournament is hosted by the FGCU Eagles thanks to team’s sixth consecutive A-Sun Conference regular-season title. For the second consecutive season, the Eagles have shared the regular-season title with another team.
The UNF Ospreys share the regular-season crown with the Eagles, as both teams finished conference play with four wins, zero losses and one tie. The one tie both teams recorded in conference play was against each other when the teams fought to a 1-1 result. Due to their identical record and 1-1 draw, the Ospreys and the Eagles ended the regular-season co-champs.
In a season that saw the Green and Blue nationally ranked twice, two players appear on SportsCenter’s Top Ten and draw against the then ranked No.3 team in the country, Georgetown. The Eagles finished the regular-season 7-3-3. In conference play, the Eagles went undefeated with a 4-0-1 record.
With 15 players returning from their 2014 A-Sun championship squad, the Eagles will look to use its championship experience to their advantage, as they fight to defend the A-Sun Championship crown.
As the number one seed in the tournament, the Eagles go straight to the semi-finals as they await the winner of the quarter-final match between #4 USC Upstate vs #5 Jacksonville. While on the other side of the bracket #3 Lipscomb will travel to Jacksonville to face North Florida in the other semi-final game.
The last time the USC Upstate Spartans faced the Jacksonville Dolphins, the Spartans came out on top with a 3-1 victory.
The last time the Eagles squared off against both teams, the recorded a 4-0 in both of its games against the Spartans, and the Dolphins.
In the other semi-final, the last time the Lipscomb Bisons, and the UNF Ospreys squared off, The Ospreys defeated the Bisons by a score of 3-0.
If the Eagles make it to the final, the championship game will be hosted at the home field of the higher seed.
If the Eagles become back-to-back A-Sun champions, the Eagles will be looking to make some noise in the NCAA national tournament and escape the first round for the first time in program history.