Friday's First Round Matches Kick Off 38th Edition of #ASUNMSOC Championship

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ATLANTA, Ga. – The 2018 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship kicks off with two first round matchups on Friday Nov. 2nd. In the first match of the day, No. 3 North Florida takes on No. 6 Stetson in fort Myers, Fla. with kickoff scheduled for 5 PM ET. The second match of the day features No. 4 Jacksonville and No. 5 Liberty in Nashville, Tenn. at 8 PM ET. 

ASUN Men's Soccer fans can tune into ESPN+ to watch the matches from the FGCU Soccer Complex, while Facebook Live will be the place to see the matches in Nashville this weekend.    

#3 North Florida vs. #6 Stetson | Friday, Nov. 2nd 5 PM ET | ESPN+
#3 vs. #6 Seeds All-Time: 12-3-2
Last Match:
 Stetson 2, North Florida 0 (Oct. 20th, 2018; DeLand, Fla.)

#3 North Florida (4-10; 3-3)
Twitter: @OspreyMSOC
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 
6-5-0
No. 3 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 16-14-6
Last Time in ASUN Championship:
 2017; First Round
ASUN Championship Titles: 2015
- Predicted to finish last in the Preseason Coaches Poll, North Florida climbed its way to the No. 3 seed with league victories vs. Jacksonville, Liberty and NJIT
- North Florida is appearing in its sixth-straight ASUN Championship, the Ospreys have reached the Semifinals in four of the last five years
- UNF exploded for four goals in its regular-season finale vs. NJIT as four different players scored; LJ Estes, Bryson Smith, Jake Hawker & Shane Nicholson
- The Ospreys placed two players on the ASUN Second Team All-Conference; Nick Burgess (D; So.) and Bryson Smith (F; Fr.). Smith joined Nick Lodovico on the All-Freshmen Team

#6 Stetson (6-9-1; 1-4-1)
Twitter: @StetsonMSoccer
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship:
 10-17-3
No. 6 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 5-16-3
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2017; Semifinal
ASUN Championship Titles: 2005, 09
- The Hatters earned their spot in the ASUN Championship with a victory vs. North Florida and a tie vs. Liberty in the first conference match of the season
- Stetson leads the all-time series against North Florida, 10-4, with victories over the past two season. This will be the first match between the two teams on a neutral pitch
- Last year, the sixth-seeded team won the ASUN Championship for the first time in conference history. The No. 6 has upset the No. 3 seed in two of the last three meetings
- The Hatters take the second-most shots per match in conference play at 15.3. The Hatters' 92 shots in seven league matches trailed only FGCU (94).

#4 Jacksonville vs. #5 Liberty | Friday, Nov. 2nd 8 PM ET | Facebook Live
#4 vs. #5 Seed All-Time: 9-9-0
Last Match: Liberty 3, Jacksonville 2 (2OT) (Oct. 20th, 2018; Lynchburg, Va.) 

#4 Jacksonville (4-12; 3-3)
Twitter: @JAX_MSOC
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 
9-13-2
No. 4 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 12-20-0
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2017; Runner-Up
ASUN Championship Titles: 2008
- The Dolphins have reached the last two ASUN Championship Finals & look to become the first team to reach three-straight since UNF (2013-15)
- JU has scored at least one goal in each of their last nine games including four scores in its 4-1 victory vs. NJIT on Sept. 29th
- Ten total players have recorded goals for Jacksonville this season with seven having at least two; Reed Davis sits first on the squad with five scores
- Jacksonville is deadly accurate when looking towards goal with 18.9 percent of its shots ending in a goal trailing only FGCU (19.1)

#5 Liberty (9-7-1; 2-4-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMSOC
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship:
 0-0-0
No. 5 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 14-18-0
Last Time in ASUN Championship: First Appearance
Best ASUN Championship Finish: First Appearance
- One of two ASUN teams with a winning record heading into the ASUN Championship, Liberty looks to make a run its first-ever appearance
- Liberty boasts the top-two scoring threats in the ASUN with Kevin Mendoza and Tresor Mbuyu as both enter with 12 goals on the season
- The Flames are one of the hottest teams entering postseason play with four wins in their last six matches having outscored their foes 15-10 during that run
- Liberty defeated Jacksonville in the regular-season finale after trailing 2-0 in the 67th minute, the Flames scored twice in the final 22 minutes before winning in 2OT

 

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