Monday, November 7, 2011
Coker hosts NCAA Regional Soccer Tourney
Cobra soccer players along with some supporters gathered to watch the NCAA Division II Tournament seeding announcements on Monday night. Coker was named the region's top seed and also will host the first round of the tourney beginning on Friday in Hartsville.
The following is a news release from Christian Stryker, Coker College Sports Information Director about the upcoming NCAA Division 2 soccer tournament:
November 7, 2011
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College has been selected as the top seed and host for this week's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Men's Soccer Tournament. One of just 32 teams selected nationwide, the Cobras will host the first and second round of the tournament with matches being played on Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13.
Coker, who is ranked No. 5 in the latest National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) national poll, will face the winner of the opening round match between the #4 seed Mars Hill College and the #5 seed the University of Montevallo on Friday at 7 p.m.
The other first round match will feature the #2 seed Flagler College against the winner of the #3 seed Anderson University versus the #6 seed Lees-McRae College on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The winning teams from the first round will advance to play the second round game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. All first and second round games will be played at the Coker Soccer Field.
The regional winner advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at a to be determined site.
One of the toughest regions in the nation, the Southeast Regional features four teams ranked in Top 25: No. 5 Coker, No. 11 Anderson, No. 19 Flagler and No. 25 Mars Hill.
This is Coker's first trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first time hosting an NCAA Regional in any sport.
The Regular Season and Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions, the Cobras have only played one of the six teams in the regional during the regular season, Lees-McRae. Coker was 1-1 against Lees-McRae during the regular season, including a 1-0 win over the Bobcats on Sunday to capture the conference tournament championship.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9- Games played at higher seed
#3 Anderson University vs. #6 Lees-McRae College
#4 Mars Hill College vs. #5 University of Montevallo
FRIDAY, NOV. 11
Game #1 4:30 p.m. #2 Flagler College vs. Winner of #3/#6
Game #2 7:00 p.m. #1 Coker College vs. Winner of #4/#5
SUNDAY, NOV. 13
Game #3 1:00 p.m. Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #2
For more information, scores and highlights from the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament visit the Coker Athletics website www.cokercobras.com.