NEW ORLEANS – The seeds and matchups for the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Championship at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone, N.C., have been determined following the conclusion of the conference’s regular season on Saturday night.
The Appalachian State men’s soccer team earned the No. 6 seed and will take on the Howard Bison on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. With 10 wins, the Mountaineers matched their highest win total since 2015. App State took a 4-0 decision against the Bison in the regular season, with Camden Holbrook, Brady Gunter, Juan Hernandez and Alex Hernandez finding the back of the net. Goalkeeper Jacob Madden earned his sixth shutout.
The championship begins on Wednesday, Nov. 13 with two matches at 4 and 7 p.m. ET and concludes with the title match on Sunday, Nov. 17. The winners of Wednesday’s first-round matches meet in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15 at 4 and 7 p.m. ET. The semifinal winners meet in a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. ET.
Central Arkansas (10-6-1, 4-1 Sun Belt) clinched its first Sun Belt regular-season title and the top seed with 12 points in its first season in the conference. The Bears enter the tournament having won six of their last seven matches, scoring 24 goals over that stretch.
Coastal Carolina (8-7-2, 3-2) secured the No. 2 seed with nine points. The Chanticleers closed the regular season, winning four of their last five matches.
The final four squads tied for third with six points each but Howard (5-11-1, 2-3) and Georgia Southern (7-8-2, 2-3) separated from the foursome with 2-1 records against the other three schools. By virtue of their win over the Eagles, the Bison earned the No. 3 seed, which placed Georgia Southern as the No. 4 seed. Georgia State’s win over Appalachian State in the regular-season finale earned the No. 5 seed for the Panthers (10-4-3, 2-3), which slotted the host Mountaineers (10-6-1, 2-3) as the No. 6 seed.
All five tournament matches are set for live coverage on ESPN+ and the ESPN app.
2019 SUN BELT MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Wednesday, November 13
Match 1 – No. 5 Georgia State vs. No. 4 Georgia Southern (ESPN+), 4 p.m.
Match 2 – No. 3 Howard at No. 6 Appalachian State (ESPN+), 7 p.m.
Friday, November 15
Match 3 – Match 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Central Arkansas (ESPN+), 4 p.m.
Match 4 – Match 2 Winner vs. No. 2 Coastal Carolina (ESPN+), 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 17
Match 5 – Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner (ESPN+), 1 p.m.
All Times are Eastern and Subject to Change