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Tusculum eighth in first NCAA Southeast Regional rankings

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Tusculum College women's soccer team is eighth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, released Wednesday.

The Pioneers have a 7-5-0 record against regional opponents and an 8-5-0 mark against NCAA foes this season. Tusculum is 8-5-1 overall, with a tie against non-NCAA member Young Harris not factoring into the NCAA rankings.

Armstrong Atlantic State (10-2-1), which defeated Tusculum 5-1 on Sept. 18, holds the top spot in the rankings, followed by North Georgia (11-1-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1-0), Columbus State (10-3-1) and Lander (11-2-1). South Atlantic Conference foe Wingate (10-2-0) is sixth, trailed by UNC Pembroke (7-4-2), Tusculum, Lees-McRae (10-2-1) and Mount Olive (8-3-1) to round out the top 10.

A total of six teams from the Southeast Region will be selected to the 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament -- conference champions from the Peach Belt Conference, Conference Carolinas and the SAC, along with three at-large berths. The field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 7.

The Pioneers host SAC rival Lincoln Memorial University Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Field.

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NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Regional Rankings
Southeast Region
Rk. School                   Region   Overall
1   Armstrong Atlantic State 10-2-1    10-2-1
2   North Georgia            11-1-0    11-1-0
3   Lenoir-Rhyne             12-1-0    12-1-0

4   Columbus State           10-3-1    10-3-2
5   Lander                   11-2-1    11-2-1
6   Wingate                  10-2-0    10-2-0
7   UNC Pembroke              7-4-2     7-4-2
8   TUSCULUM                  7-5-0     8-5-0
9   Lees-McRae               10-2-1    10-2-1

10  Mount Olive               8-3-1     8-3-1
Tusculum opponents in italics
Overall record against NCAA opponents only

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