Pairings Set for 2012 Florida Blue SSC Women's Soccer Championship
Winter Park, Fla. The pairings have been set for the 2012 Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Women's Soccer Championship. The tournament will begin with quarterfinal games on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The semifinals will be hosted on Friday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 4, at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
While there are three matches remaining on the regular-season schedule on Saturday, Oct. 27, the seeding order for the tournament has already been settled by matches played earlier in the fall.
Rollins (10-4-1, 6-1 SSC), which has tallied 18 points in SSC play, has secured the No. 1 seed and the right to host the semifinals and finals. The Tars will host Florida Southern on Saturday, but regardless of the outcome, they have secured enough points to claim the top seed.
Tampa (12-3-3, 5-1-2 SSC) will be the No. 2 seed, having accumulated 17 points in conference matches. Rollins and UT will both receive quarterfinal byes as a result of earning the top two seeds.
Florida Southern (6-6-3, 3-2-2 SSC) will travel to Rollins for a conference tilt on Saturday, but the outcome of the contest will have no bearing on the Moccasins' seed. Southern will be the No. 3 seed, having gathered 11 points in conference action. Heading into Saturday's final SSC contest, the Mocs are tied with Nova Southeastern (4-7-3, 3-3-2 SSC), which also recorded 11 points. Nevertheless, Florida Southern has secured the No. 3 seed by virtue of downing NSU 2-1 in the teams' SSC match earlier this fall. Nova Southeastern will take the No. 4 seed.
The No. 3 Moccasins will host No. 6 Lynn in Tuesday's quarterfinal round. No. 4 Nova Southeastern will host No. 5 Eckerd in the other women's quarterfinal tilt.
Eckerd (9-6-2 overall) and Lynn (4-8-2 overall) joined Barry (7-6-1 overall) in a three-way tie for the final two seeds in the tournament field. Each team compiled 10 points with a 3-4-1 SSC mark. Looking at the teams' head-to-head performance among the tied group of three, Eckerd posted wins over both Lynn (1-0) and Barry (2-1) to secure the No. 5 seed. While Lynn fell to the Tritons, the Fighting Knights knocked off Barry (2-1) to tally a 1-1 record among the group of three and take the No. 6 seed. Inasmuch as only the top six seeds qualify for the tournament, Barry was eliminated.
Winners in Tuesday's quarterfinals will advance to Friday's semifinals in Winter Park.
2012 FLORIDA BLUE SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, October 30
No. 5 Eckerd at No. 4 Nova Southeastern, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Lynn at No. 3 Florida Southern, 7 p.m.
Semifinals - Friday, November 2 (Hosted by Rollins)
Winner Eckerd/Nova Southeastern vs. No. 2 Tampa, 4:30 p.m.
Winner Lynn/Florida Southern vs. No. 1 Rollins, 7 p.m.
Final - Sunday, November 4 (Hosted by Rollins)
Semifinal Winners, 1 p.m.