June 5, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina University will host of the 2014 Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championships at the Catamount Athletic Complex Nov. 7 and 9 it was announced by the conference office after the conclusion of 2014 Spring Meetings in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
It is the third time that Western Carolina has hosted a SoCon Championship in women's soccer dating back to the inception of the program in 1999. The Catamounts first hosted in 2006, and followed up four years later in 2010. Western Carolina has also hosted three SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
As agreed upon last year, all Southern Conference teams that are eligible for NCAA postseason play will be included in each SoCon championship. Under the previous format, teams needed to qualify to compete in postseason tournaments in volleyball, women's soccer and baseball (prior to 2014).
For women's soccer, this means all member schools that field a program will be eligible for post-season play in 2014. All told, there will be 10 schools participating in the championship including new SoCon members ETSU, Mercer and VMI.
First round matches are tentatively scheduled for October 29 will pit the No. 7 seed versus the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed vs. the No. 9 seed. The winner of these two rounds will advance to the quarterfinal round hosted by the higher seeded teams. The winner of those two games will move to the quarterfinal round on Nov. 2.
Western Carolina will host the semi-finals round and championship match on November 7 and 9. Game times will be released closer to the championship.
Opened in 2005, the Catamount Athletic Complex (CAC) serves as the home venue for Western Carolina women's soccer, women's tennis and the Catamount men's and women's track and field teams. The 1,000-seat complex features a fully functional press box with views of the soccer pitch and track; eight tennis courts including two with "center court" feel; and locker and team room facilities for women's soccer, tennis and visiting teams. There is also a concession stand, rest room facilities and an athletic training station.
The first event held at the Catamount Athletic Complex came in early-2005 before the official completion of the venue. WCU track & field hosted the Catamount Classic at the new facility on April 2, 2005 as a trial run before entertaining the 2005 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship to rave reviews marking the first-time WCU had ever hosted the conference championship-crowning event.
Western Carolina women's soccer played its' first-ever match at the on-campus facility, officially opening the venue on September 2, 2005 with a 3-0 win over Campbell in front of a crowd of 574. In the second year of the complex, aided by Homecoming festivities, a facility-record 1,189 purple and gold clad fans packed into the stands to witness a 2-1 Catamount win over the College of Charleston.
Quotes Regarding Western Carolina Hosting the 2014 SoCon Women's Soccer Championships:
"Our program is very excited to have been selected to host the 2014 SoCon Women's Soccer Championships. This will be our third time hosting the championships and I have been here for all of three of them both as an assistant and as the head coach. I believe we have a fantastic playing surface here at the Catamount Athletic Complex with beautiful views and amazing fans who create a great atmosphere to play in. We are looking forward to keeping this a first class event and helping the SoCon show case what great coaches and student-athletes we have in this sport." - Western Carolina Head Women's Soccer Coach Chad Miller
"The Southern Conference has honored us by selecting Western Carolina University to host the 2014 Women's Soccer Championship. This is a testament to the high-quality program run by Head Coach Chad Miller and the excellent facilities our soccer student-athletes enjoy playing on each season." - Western Carolina Athletic Director Randy Eaton
Catamount Athletic Complex Hosting Southern Conference Championships
2005 -Men's and Women's Track and Field (Outdoor)
2006 -Women's Soccer
2008 -Men's and Women's Track and Field (Outdoor)
2010 -Women's Soccer
2012 - Men's and Women's Track and Field (Outdoor)