KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Heading into the final two matches of the regular season the North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team (11-3-2, 4-3-2 PBC) held station at sixth in the most recent Southeast Region poll released Wednesday.
The Saints are one spot higher, fifth, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Southeast Region Rankings.
The top six teams in the region will advance on to post-season play with an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional going to the conference champions of the Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and South Atlantic Conference. The other three spots will be based on the region rankings.
In-state rival and fellow PBC school Armstrong Atlantic State, ranked No. 2 nationally, sits atop the region rankings with a 12-0-0 in-region record and a 12-1-1 record overall. The PBC is well represented in the poll as seven of the top-10 spots are held by league schools.
25th-ranked Columbus State is third in the region with 22nd-ranked Lander just behind in fourth. The rest of the conference schools in the poll are North Georgia in sixth, UNC Pembroke seventh, Clayton State eighth and Georgia College in 10th. South Atlantic Conference school No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne is second in the current region standings with fellow SAC member Wingate in fifth.
The Saints still have a lot to play for in the final two games as they take on #22 Lander tonight in Greenwood, S.C. and then welcome USC Aiken for their final game of the regular-season on Saturday, Oct. 27. North Georgia is currently fifth in the conference standings and the top-four teams will each host a game in first round of the 2012 PBC Tournament. The Saints still have a legitimate shot at catching fourth-place Clayton State and/or third-place Columbus State for a chance to host the first round.