The seedings and pairings for the 2019 Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting have been determined following the recent conclusion of the conference’s regular-season schedule.
High Point claimed the outright regular-season title and the No. 1 seed with its 8-0-2 league record and 26 points. This year’s title marks the Panthers’ third regular-season championship in four seasons, as HPU becomes the first Big South team to finish the conference season without a loss since 2012. High Point will seek its seventh tournament title in program history.
Campbell wrapped up the No. 2 seed after its home triumph over Hampton on Saturday. The seed is its highest in its Big-South era. The Camels ended the regular season with an 8-1-1 conference mark and 25 points and will look for their first Big South tournament championship since 1993.
Radford and Gardner-Webb tied for third in the final league standings with identical 7-3 conference records and 21 points. With the Highlanders defeating the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 2-0, on Oct. 23, Radford wins the tiebreaker and will be the No. 3 seed, while Gardner-Webb will be the No. 4 seed. The Highlanders claimed the tournament title in 2018 and look to become the first back-to-back champions since 2016. The Runnin’ Bulldogs finished as the tournament runner-up a season ago and seek their first title in program history.
Winthrop claimed the No. 5 seed following its home win over USC Upstate, its best seed since 2013. The Eagles (6-3-1, 19 points) have won six out of their last seven matches entering the postseason and will travel to Gardner-Webb for the first round on Friday.
Longwood earned the No. 6 seed with an even 4-4-2 conference record and 14 points. The Lancers missed the semifinals last year for the first time since 2015, and will open the quarterfinal round Saturday at Radford.
Presbyterian College and Charleston Southern round out the field as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds,
respectively. The Blue Hose return to the postseason for the first time since 2013, as they finished 4-6 for 12 points in Big South play. PC will head to Campbell on Saturday for its quarterfinal contest. The Bucs closed 2019 with 11 points and will travel to top-seeded High Point on Friday night. CSU played the Panthers to a 2-2 draw during the regular season.
The 2019 Big South Women’s Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites next weekend before moving to the Matthews Sportsplex in Matthews, N.C., for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 7 and 10. Every match of the tournament can be found on ESPN+.
The Big South’s tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The full tournament schedule is as follows:
Quarterfinals (Campus Sites), Fri-Sat., Nov. 1-2
Friday, Nov. 1: No. 8 Charleston Southern at No. 1 High Point – 7 pm
Friday, Nov. 1: No. 5 Winthrop at No. 4 Gardner-Webb – 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 2: No. 7 Presbyterian College at No. 2 Campbell – 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 2: No. 6 Longwood at No. 3 Radford – 7 pm
Semifinals (Matthews Sportsplex – Matthews, N.C.) – Thursday, Nov. 7
4/5 winner vs. 1/8 winner, – 4 pm
2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner – 7 pm
Final (Matthews Sportsplex – Matthews, N.C.) – Sunday, Nov. 10
Semifinal Game 1 Winner vs. Semifinal Game 2 Winner, 2pm