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.
NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Regional Rankings
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