After a three-game winning streak to end the regular-season and a two-day wait for a tiebreaker ruling, the USC Beaufort women's soccer team is headed to the postseason.
The Sand Sharks were awarded the final spot in the Sun Conference Tournament on Tuesday and will be the No. 7 seed. USCB will travel to face No. 2 seed SCAD Savannah in the quarterfinals on Nov. 6. The time has not yet been determined.
It's the second straight year the geographical rivals will square off in the first round of the playoffs. After USCB handed the Bees a 2-1 home loss in the regular season last season, SCAD returned the favor with a 4-0 victory at USCB in the tournament quarterfinals. The Bees won this year's regular-season meeting 2-0 at USCB.
That match was part of a six-game losing streak for the Sand Sharks to open conference play, but they won their final three games — including a 3-2 victory over St. Thomas on Sunday — to forge a four-way tie for the final two playoff spots.
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Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope announced the final seeding Tuesday, with Johnson & Wales claiming the No. 6 seed and USCB earning the No. 7 seed while St. Thomas and Warner missed the postseason. Johnson & Wales will travel to No. 3 seed Thomas in the quarterfinals, while No. 4 seed Southeastern will host No. 5 Webber International.
Division champions Northwood and Embry-Riddle will square off Nov. 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla, for the regular-season title and an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The loser of the championship match will become the No. 1 seed in the tournament and draw a first-round bye. The tournament champion will claim the league's second automatic bid.