WVU Tech is set to host the 2013 and 2014 USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships in Charleston. Games for the event will be held at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex in South Charleston and Schoenbaum Stadium at Coonskin Park Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
“We have excellent support from the local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, great downtown hotels and excellent soccer facilities,” says WVU Tech Athletic Director Frank Pergolizzi. “The opportunities Charleston has to offer will help us increase our involvement in the USCAA.”
The Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has estimated the soccer tournament will have a $400 to $500K economic impact on the city.
“We are excited to be bringing a tournament this size to West Virginia,” added WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long. “We’re looking forward to hosting these teams and are confident that the City of Charleston will get behind this event.”
Past championships were hosted by Warren Wilson College who held the annual event in Asheville, N.C., in 2011 and 2012. The Golden Bears men’s soccer team finished as runners-up to Briarcliffe College in the 2012 tournament, their first appearance in the championships since joining the USCAA in 2011.
“WVU Tech is very excited about its membership with the USCAA,” adds Pergolizzi. “Hosting the soccer tournament is an excellent way for us to be full and active members of the USCAA. The City of Charleston is a strong soccer community with excellent facilities. We felt that we could do an excellent job and offer all of the participating teams an outstanding experience.”
Both the men’s and women’s tournaments feature 10-team consolation brackets. Each team is guaranteed at least two games with a first-round bye for six teams in each bracket. WVU Tech will receive automatic host bids for both the men’s and women’s soccer tournament.
With both tournament sites within minutes of downtown hotels, dining and shopping, Charleston is a prime destination for competitors and spectators alike. The facilities are also conducive to potential growth of the soccer championships.
WVU Tech will host a tailgate for students, alumni and fans at the Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 31. Fans can contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-442-3131 for tickets.