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Tusculum advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and posted a 15-5-3 record this season.Tusculum advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and posted a 15-5-3 record this season.

Pioneers receiving votes in NSCAA/adidas postseason poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Tusculum College women’s soccer team is receiving votes in the postseason addition of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament this season.

Tusculum posted a 15-5-3 overall record and finished second in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 6-2 mark against league opponents. The Pioneers punched their first ticket to the NCAA Tournament since 2007, earning the fifth seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional and drawing SAC foe Newberry College in the first round, whom the Pioneers defeated by a 2-1 score in Jefferson City, Tenn. Tusculum then fell to SAC regular season and tournament champion Carson-Newman by a 1-0 score in the second round.

Grand Valley State University is ranked first in the final poll of the season after capturing the program’s first-ever national championship. National runner-up West Florida is ranked second in the postseason poll for the second straight year, as the Argos fell to national champion Seattle Pacific in 2008. Semifinalists Cal State Dominguez Hills and Saint Rose are ranked third and fourth, respectively, while Carson-Newman ends the year as the No. 5 team in the nation.

Tusculum is expected to return 10 starters and 21 letter-winners from this year’s squad, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Tournament. The Pioneers are also expected to return eight of their top 10 scorers from this season.

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1Grand Valley State 3    22 -  0 -  4   
2West Florida   1    21 -  0 -  1   
3Cal State Dominguez Hills   15    16 -  8 -  3   
4Saint Rose (N.Y.)   2    24 -  1 -  0   
5Carson-Newman 7    20 -  3 -  1   
6West Texas A&M   13    15 -  3 -  4   
7Colorado Mines   21    19 -  5 -  1   
8Northern Kentucky   11    19 -  2 -  1   
9California (Pa.)   23    19 -  6 -  1   
10Metro State 4    21 -  1 -  2   
11Columbus State 18    16 -  3 -  3   
12Rollins 9    16 -  2 -  2   
13Franklin Pierce  20    18 -  5 -  1   
14Cal State Los Angeles   6    17 -  3 -  2   
15UC San Diego   RV    15 -  5 -  2   
16St. Edward's  22    16 -  3 -  3   
17Indiana (Pa.)   RV    14 -  7 -  2   
18West Chester 5    19 -  2 -  1   
19Fort Lewis  12    18 -  3 -  3   
20Bridgeport (Conn.) 10    16 -  2 -  3   
21Incarnate Word  8    15 -  3 -  3   
22Bellarmine  RV    14 -  4 -  1   
23Armstrong Atlantic State  14    16 -  4 -  3   
24Florida Tech   16    15 -  4 -  1   
25Kutztown  17    15 -  6 -  2   

Also receiving votes: Merrimack, Truman State, Minnesota-Duluth, Chico State, North Alabama, Quincy, Tusculum, Seattle Pacific, Nebraska-Omaha

2009 Opponents in Italics

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