Published on November 6, 2016 by Philip Poole  
2016 SoCon champions

The Samford University soccer Bulldogs continued their historic season by adding the Southern Conference tournament championship to their impressive résumé. The Bulldogs defeated East Tennessee State University, 2-1, on Sunday, Nov. 6, to claim the championship, and with it, the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Bulldogs will play 13th-ranked Florida State University Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. CST in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match will be played At the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Florida.

Samford and FSU previously met in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, with the Seminoles taking a 2-0 victory. 

Samford also won the conference regular-season championship and dominated the All-Conference honors.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.