AUGUSTA, GA – With the 2019 regular-season now completed, the Peach Belt Conference has released the bracket for the conference tournament, which begins this week. The top eight teams in the standings advance to tournament play, with quarterfinal matches hosted on campus by the higher-seeded team on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The four winners of those matches will move to Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., for the semifinals and finals Nov. 15 and 17.
Flagler captured their first PBC regular-season championship on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Francis Marion. The Saints, ranked #3 in the nation, improve to 10-0-1 in league play this year and are the #1 tournament seed for the first time in program history. Flagler will host 8th-seeded Lander on Tuesday, the Bearcats finished play with an 8-0 win over Georgia Southwestern on Saturday.
North Georgia finished at least second in the league standings for the fifth time in the last six years. The 2017 regular-season co-champions, the Nighthawks finished their regular season last Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Emmanuel and are 9-1-1 in conference play. UNG will host #7 Young Harris on Tuesday. YHC advances to tournament play for the fourth straight year and reached the semifinals last season as the #6 seed.
UNC Pembroke is the #3 seed after they finished the regular season with a 2-0 win over Georgia College on Friday. The 2017 tournament champions, UNCP has won seven of their last eight heading into the tournament. The Braves will face 6th-seeded Clayton State in the quarterfinals. Clayton State beat Albany State on Saturday, but lost a tiebreaker with Georgia College.
Columbus State will defend their 2018 tournament title as the #4 seed. The Cougars enter the tournament with the longest winning streak in the PBC at eight games. CSU has won four of the last five tournaments and eight overall, the most of any PBC program. CSU will host Georgia College on Tuesday.
Georgia College and Clayton State finished the regular-season with 16 points and identical 5-5-1 conference records. Georgia College wins the tiebreak thanks to a head-to-head 4-0 win at Clayton State last Monday and gets the #5 seed.
Game times for Tuesday's quarterfinal games will be announced on Monday morning.
2019 PBC Women's Soccer
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Nov. 12
#8 Lander at #1 Flagler
#7 Young Harris at #2 North Georgia
#6 Clayton State at #3 UNC Pembroke
#5 Georgia College at #4 Columbus State