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2013 Women’s Soccer National Championship Qualifiers Announced

November 17, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship qualifiers for the 30th annual event. The 31-team championship will get underway with the National Championship Opening Round at 15 campus locations on Nov. 23. The 15 Opening Round winners, as well as host Mobile (Ala.), will advance to the national championship final site in Orange Beach, Ala. The Orange Beach Sportsplex houses the 16 teams from Dec. 2 – 7.

The national championship bracket will be released Monday at 2 p.m. CST via a graphical video show. Go to www.NAIA.org for more details.

Defending national champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) earned its 15th-consecutive trip after winning the Mid-South Conference tournament title. The Blue Raiders, who claimed their third all-time championship crown in 2012, are one of four teams in the field with at least one banner. Westmont (Calif.), an at-large selection out of the Golden State Athletic Conference, boasts the most national crowns among the field with five.

Two squads punched a ticket to their first-ever national championship after winning their respective conference crowns – Columbia (Mo.) and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas). The Cougars finished the year with a 16-2-1 record and claimed the America Midwest Conference’s automatic bid with a 2-0 win over Park (Mo.) on Nov. 14. Our Lady of the Lake – 16-2-1 on the season – won the Red River Athletic Conference crown almost one week prior with a 2-1 victory against Texas at Brownsville.

This year’s 31 teams include 24 automatic qualifiers – awarded to conference, independent, and unaffiliated group tournament and regular-season champions – six at-large bids and one host berth. There are 17 teams that qualified for the 2012 championship and are back again this year.

The six at-large teams were selected based on the final official NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI). The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI. The MRPI modifies the value of home, away and neutral results, and adds more value for games against opponents ranked in their respective national poll. To view the final MRPI, please click here.

Five of this year’s qualifiers have made 10-or-more national championship appearances, led by Westmont with 16. Lindsey Wilson is second with 15 trips to the event, while Concordia (Ore.) is third with 13. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.), who each have punched a ticket 10 times, round out the group.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all final site games of the 2013 Women’s Soccer National Championship in Orange Beach, Ala. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Qualifiers
School Qualification Record^ Appearances Last Time NC Record Titles
Asbury (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 11-8-0 2nd 2009 0-1-0 0
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 10-7-3 4th 2012 0-2-1 0
Cal State San Marcos Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 11-5-1 5th 2012 1-4-0 0
Columbia (Mo.) American Midwest Tournament Champion 16-2-1 1st N/A 0-0-0 0
Concordia (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Tournament Champion 16-0-3 2nd 2011 0-0-1 0
Concordia (Ore.) Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion 17-1-1 13th 2012 23-12-2 0
Cumberland (Tenn.) At-Large No. 4 15-3-1 2nd 2012 1-1-0 0
Davenport (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion 17-2-1 2nd 2012 0-1-0 0
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) At-Large No. 2 14-4-1 10th 2012 5-9-0 0
Graceland (Iowa) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion 13-5-3 8th 2012 6-5-4 0
Hastings (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 16-4-1 4th 2011 3-3-2 0
John Brown (Ark.) Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion 14-3-3 3rd 2010 0-2-0 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 18-3-0 15th 2012 28-12-1 3
Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 15-5-1 10th 2012 14-5-3 2
Mobile (Ala.) National Championship Final Site Host 10-8-2 8th 2012 12-5-1 1
Northwood (Fla.) The Sun Regular Season Champion 14-1-1 8th 2012 5-7-0 0
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) At-Large No. 6 16-3-2 4th 2012 4-2-2 0
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) Red River Athletic Tournament Champion 16-2-1 1st N/A 0-0-0 0
Ottawa (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 13-6-2 3rd 2011 0-2-0 0
Reinhardt (Ga.) Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion 15-3-2 2nd 2011 0-1-0 0
Robert Morris (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular Season Champion 13-4-1 8th 2012 7-6-1 0
Spring Arbor (Mich.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion 18-2-1 5th 2012 3-4-1 0
St. Ambrose (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion 14-4-1 3rd 2011 0-2-0 0
St. Thomas (Fla.) The Sun Tournament Champion 16-1-1 5th 2000 1-6-0 0
The Master's (Calif.) At-Large No. 5 15-5-0 2nd 2010 1-1-0 0
Trinity International (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 13-5-3 4th 2001 0-4-0 0
Vanguard (Calif.) At-Large No. 3 15-4-0 3rd 2012 2-1-1 0
Westminster (Utah) Unaffiliated Group (Frontier/GCAC/North Star) Tournament Champion 11-7-2 2nd 2011 0-1-0 0
Westmont (Calif.) At-Large No. 1 15-1-3 16th 2012 28-6-6 5
William Carey (Miss.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 17-4-0 6th 2012 5-5-1 0
William Jessup (Calif.) California Pacific Athletic Tournament Champion 14-6-0 3rd 2010 0-2-0 0