Conference Tournament Report
• There are 21 conference, independent and unaffiliated group tournaments currently playing out through Nov. 16. Those tournament champions, along with eight other programs, will receive berths to the 31-team NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.
• For the most up-to-date information on all of the women’s soccer conference tournaments, click here.
• The seven at-large bids will be decided by the final Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) on Sunday, Nov. 17.
• National Championship Opening Round pairings will be announced via a live graphical show at 2 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 18.
• No. 2 Northwood (Fla.), No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) and No. 20 Robert Morris (Ill.) have already punched their tickets into the Opening Round by winning The Sun Conference (TSC), Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular-season crowns.
• Northwood defeated No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 2-0, in a one-game playoff on Nov. 6. In addition to receiving the league’s first of two automatic berths, the Seahawks do not have to play in the conference’s postseason tournament. Embry-Riddle, who now can only automatically qualify with a TSC tournament championship, is the No. 1 seed.
• TSC, SSAC and CCAC receive two automatic berths into the national championship field due to being 12-or-more member leagues.
• Mobile (Ala.), out of the SSAC, receives the host berth for the national championship final site and rounds out the 32-team field.
• The Crossroads League kicked off the 2013 conference tournament schedule on Oct. 26 with four games. The league wraps up tournament action Saturday when No. 1 seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) – appearing in its fourth-straight Crossroads League Tournament final – faces No. 7 Taylor (Ind.).
• The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and the unaffiliated group containing the Frontier Conference, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and North Star Athletic Association join the Crossroads League as conference’s that will crown a champion on Saturday.
• Through Thursday, Nov. 7, only two teams seeded third-or-better in their respective conference tournament failed to advance out of the first round – both due to penalty kicks.
• Top-ranked Concordia (Ore.) opens Cascade Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship action Saturday against No. 4 seed Southern Oregon. The Cavaliers defeated Southern Oregon, 2-1, on the road in the two sides only previous meeting of 2013.
• A NAIA-best four Top 25 teams remain active in the Golden State Athletic Conference – No. 3 Westmont (Calif.), No. 7 Concordia (Calif.), No. 11 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.). Concordia hosts The Master’s, while Vanguard travels to Westmont on Friday. Both matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. PST.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 30th annual national championship will take place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., for the second-straight year. This is the fifth-consecutive season that the state of Alabama has hosted the event. The championship will play out Dec. 2 – 7. Opening Round matches, which are held at campus sites, are scheduled for Nov. 23.
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