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Oct. 27, 2005

IRVING, Texas –
Conference USA athletics directors and senior woman administrators voted to approve a recommendation made by men’s soccer coaches to change the format of this year’s C-USA Men’s Soccer Championship.

Originally, the top four seeds would have served as host sites for the quarterfinal matches during the weekend of Nov. 4-6. However, due to the threat of Hurricane Wilma, four regular season matches were postponed last weekend. Since only eight teams advance to the conference championship, this option allowed for these matches to be rescheduled and thus, a fair and competitive advantage to the teams.

Rescheduled games are as follows:

Friday, November 4

South Carolina at Florida International – 7 p.m. ET

East Carolina at UCF – 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, November 6

East Carolina at Florida International – 1 p.m. ET

South Carolina at UCF – 1 p.m. ET

Therefore the 2005 Men’s Soccer Championship will be played at the site of the regular season championship. Quarterfinal matches will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 9. First match will kickoff at Noon, followed by 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CT matches. The semifinals will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and the championship match will start at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 13. The C-USA men’s soccer championship will be shown live nationally on CSTV.

In what is the final regular season weekend for six teams, South Carolina hosts Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. and SMU on Sunday at 1 p.m.
SMU is in a position to clinch the regular season title after winning its first seven C-USA matches this season. The Mustangs must win at least one of their weekend matches against East Carolina or South Carolina. USC is the only other team within striking distance, but must win its next four matches and count on SMU to lose or tie on Friday at East Carolina.