October 31, 2012

Women’s Soccer Moves up One Spot to Fifth in Southeast Region Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team has moved up one spot to fifth in the most recent Southeast Region poll released Wednesday.

The Saints (14-3-2) and Wingate each moved up a spot from last week, taking advantage of Lander University's misfortune as the Bearcats fell in their Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinal match Tuesday afternoon to the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

As has been the case all season, the Peach Belt is well represented in the region poll with conference schools holding seven of the 10 slots. National No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University remains the region's top team followed by Lenoir-Rhyne in second and Columbus State University in third.

Lander University fell to sixth after their late season losses with UNC Pembroke seventh, Clayton State University eighth, Tusculum College ninth and Georgia College tenth.

The top six teams in the region will advance on to post-season play with an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional going to the conference champions of the Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and South Atlantic Conference. The other three spots will be based on the region rankings.

Currently, no Conference Carolina teams are represented in the region poll that includes seven PBC teams and three teams from the South Atlantic Conference.

North Georgia will now prepare to take on the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State (16-1-1) in Friday's semifinal game. The last time the Saints and Pirates met, the Pirates were able to escape with a 4-3 win in overtime. Friday's game will kick off at 5:00 p.m. in Augusta.