Ospreys set to play Coastal Carolina in first round of NCAA playoffs

Al Huffman

In his fifth year leading the Ospreys, UNF head coach Derek Marinatos has transformed the program into an Atlantic Sun powerhouse. Photo by Christian Ayers
In his fifth year leading the Ospreys, UNF head coach Derek Marinatos has transformed the program into an Atlantic Sun powerhouse. Photo by Christian Ayers

UNF men’s soccer (10-6-1) will play in its first ever NCAA Division 1 tournament match against Coastal Carolina (12-2-4) on Thursday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Conway, South Carolina. The Ospreys earned an automatic bid after winning the Atlantic Sun championship Nov. 14 with a 7-0 outing over USC Upstate.

The NCAA announced the draw for the 2015 Division 1 Men’s Soccer Championship bracket on Nov 16. Currently riding a three-game win streak, UNF was drafted to play on the road against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who are ranked 20th in the nation.

The Ospreys are currently ranked No. 68 in the nation.

Coastal Carolina lost in the Big South Conference tournament’s quarterfinal round, but earned one of the NCAA’s 24 at-large bids to play in their sixth straight NCAA tournament.

The winner of the match will move on to play against No. 5 North Carolina, who merited a first round bye, on Nov. 22. The Ospreys played North Carolina earlier this season on Sep 21, losing a close match 2-1.

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