Women’s Soccer seventh in third straight NCAA Central Region Rankings

Fort Hays State Women’s Soccer remained seventh for the third consecutive week in the NCAA Central Region Rankings, released Wednesday.  The top six teams in the region will advance to the NCAA Regionals, Nov. 14-16.

The Central Region is made up of teams from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great American Conference.  Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the MIAA and NSIC tournaments, with the remaining four spots awarded on an at-large basis.

The Top 7 remained relatively unchanged, despite a swap of the Nos. 4 and 5 spots between Winona State (now fifth) and Southwest Baptist (now fourth).  FHSU and SBU are joined in the Top 10 by MIAA opponents Central Missouri (No. 2),  Central Oklahoma (No. 6) and Missouri Western (No. 8).  FHSU hosts MWSU in the first round of the MIAA Tournament on Wednesday at 6 p.m.  FHSU drew with UCO earlier this season at FHSU Soccer Stadium, and stands even with the Bronchos in regional and overall records.

FHSU Women’s Soccer has made one NCAA Tournament appearance in school history (after winning the 2012 MIAA Tournament Championship), and will be looking to return for the second time in its brief program history.  FHSU is 12-4-2 for the year, including a 10-2-2 record in MIAA competition.  The Tigers closed the regular season on a hot streak, winning their final six matches and going unbeaten in their last eight, stringing together five shutouts during that span.

Complete NCAA Central Region Rankings for Nov. 5

Rank Team In-Region Record Overall Record
1 Minnesota State-Mankato 18-0-0 18-0-0
2 Central Missouri 17-0-1 17-0-1
3 Augustana (S.D.) 14-4-0 14-4-0
4 Southwest Baptist 14-4-0 14-4-0
5 Winona State 13-4-1 13-4-1
6 Central Oklahoma 12-4-2 12-4-2
7 Fort Hays State 12-4-2 12-4-2
8 Missouri Western State 9-8-1 9-8-1
9 Upper Iowa 10-6-1 10-6-1
10 Minot State 10-6-2 10-6-2

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