The Georgia Southern men’s soccer team (8-7-3) defeated App State 3-1 on Saturday to become Co-Champions of the Sun Belt with Coastal Carolina. This is the first time in university history the Eagles have been named Sun Belt Champions and they will be a two seed going into the Sun Belt tournament.
The Chanticleers won the number one seed after a two-team tiebreaker when the Eagles tied 0-0 in their only head to head match-up.
With first year head coach, John Murphy, the Eagles have accomplished much more than preseason predictions. While winning their first Sun Belt Championship the Eagles have also ensured a .500 or better season, a feat they haven’t had since 2011 when they went 8-8-1. This is also the first time the Eagles defeated both Georgia State and Hartwick in the regular season.
The Eagles 3-1-1 (.700) conference record is also it’s best conference winning percentage record since 2006 when they were 4-1-2 (.714) in the SoCon.
“We haven’t taken anything for granted all year and I think the record over the season shows that we were among the best teams in the conference and I think it’s a great credit to our players and our coaching staff,” Murphy said.
With Murphy at the helm and the group of players the Eagles have in their arsenal, the future looks bright for the Eagles to win the Sun Belt tournament and claim their first ever regular season and tournament championship. That would also give them their first ever NCAA tournament berth in school history.
The Eagles have had their up’s and down’s this season, but if they can wrap-up this season with two more wins, they could make history as the first group of Eagles to soar to greater heights.
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