Monday, November 2, 2009


SAC anounces conference tournament pairings

ROCK HILL, SC – The South Atlantic Conference announced that the eighth seeded Tornados will travel to Carson-Newman to play their first round tournament game this Wedensday, November, 4.

The Tornados received a bid to the tournament after a coin toss broke the tie between Brevard and Mars Hill.

The Carson-Newman College women's soccer team, which won its fifth conference championship in the last seven years, has earned the top seed for the 2009 Food Lion SAC Women's Soccer Tournament, the conference office announced Sunday.

Carson-Newman went 6-1-1 in conference play for its second straight title. The Eagles, 15-2-1 overall, are the defending Food Lion SAC Tournament champions. Carson-Newman will face Brevard College in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Brevard (0-6-1 SAC, 6-11-1 overall), tied with Mars Hill for eighth place in the league standings. Because Brevard and Mars Hill tied during their regular-season matchup, and no other tiebreaker could be used to break the tie, conference representatives held a coin flip on Saturday. Mars Hill, which scored seven goals in conference action to Brevard's five goals, was asked ! ! to call heads or tails. Mars Hill called for heads, and the coin landed tails, giving the tiebreaker to Brevard.

Tusculum College (6-2 SAC, 14-4-1 overall) is the second seed and will face seventh-seed Lincoln Memorial University (3-5 SAC, 7-8-2 overall). The Pioneers defeated the Lady Railsplitters 5-4 in their regular-season matchup on September 23.

Newberry College and Catawba College tied for third place in the league standings with 5-2-1 conference records. Newberry earned the third seed by virtue of its 1-0 victory over Catawba in their regular-season meeting on September 30.

Newberry, 13-4-1 overall, will face sixth-seed Lenoir-Rhyne University (4-4, 14-6) in a quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Newberry defeated Lenoir-Rhyne 2-1 in overtime when they met on October 17.

Catawba (5-2-1, 12-4-2) is the fourth seed and will host fifth-seed Wingate (4-3-1, 11-3-3) in a quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Catawba has advanced to the tournament championship match each of the past three years, but has lost the tournament title in a penalty kick shootout each time. Catawba defeated Wingate 2-0 in their meeting on October 3.

Quarterfinal start times will be announced by the host school.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the tournament semifinals, which will be held at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 6. The two women's semifinals will be played at 6 p.m.

The women's tournament championship will be Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m. at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex.

Admission to all Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament events is $5 for adults and $2 for college students and children.

Wednesday, November 4
Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
At higher seed
No. 8 Brevard at No. 1 Carson-Newman, TBA
No. 7 Lincoln Memorial University at No. 2 Tusculum, TBA
No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 3 Newberry, TBA
No. 5 Wingate at No. 4 Catawba, TBA

Friday, November 6
Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC
Brevard / Carson-Newman winner vs. Wingate / Catawba winner, 3 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial / Tusculum winner vs. Lenoir-Rhyne / Newberry winner, 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 8
Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship
At Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.