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Furman Set To Host SoCon Men’s Soccer Championship This Weekend

Danny Kierath
Danny Kierath

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman will host the 2017 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship this weekend on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium.

The semifinals begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with top-seed and regular season champion ETSU battling No. 4 seed Mercer. The second semifinal is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday with No. 3 seed Furman playing host to the No. 2 seed UNCG Spartans. Both matches will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network with live statistics available through StatBroadcast. Links for the live streaming video and live statistics can be found on the men's soccer championship page on SoConSports.com

The winners of Friday's semifinals will advance to Sunday's 1 p.m. championship match at Stone Stadium with the champion earning the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The championship match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Furman is looking to claim its 14th SoCon Tournament title and third in the last four years. The Paladins, who have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, most recently captured the tournament title and automatic berth in 2014 and 2015.

The Paladins (12-4-3) enter Friday's match riding a three-game winning streak and on a six-match unbeaten run. Furman, 5-0-1 in its last six outings, downed VMI, 7-1, in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament this past Sunday at Stone Stadium. SoCon Player of the Year Laurence Wyke and second team All-SoCon choice Danny Kierath each netted a pair of goals in the victory.

UNCG, 9-7-2 on the season, earned a first round bye and the No. 2 seed in this year's tournament. The Spartans claimed a 2-0 win over the Paladins in Greensboro, N.C., in September before Furman evened the season series with a 2-1 overtime victory in Greenville in the regular season finale.

Furman trails the all-time series with the Spartans 17-15-4. The Paladins are 5-4-0 all-time versus the Spartans in SoCon Tournament play. UNCG won the most recent postseason encounter as they eliminated the Paladins in the 2016 first round by a 1-0 margin.

Tickets for this weekend's tournament are available at FurmanPaladins.com or can be purchased at the Stone Stadium entrance.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information