Women’s soccer jumps to #7 in NSCAA Coaches Poll

Women’s soccer jumps to #7 in NSCAA Coaches Poll

NSCAA Rankings

SAINT LEO, Fla. – After completing the sweep of Sunshine State Conference trophies this season, the Saint Leo women's soccer team moved up to No. 7 in the final national rankings from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Nov. 8. The Lions secured the SSC tournament title after defeating Nova Southeastern 2-1 on Nov. 6 to earn the automatic qualifier (AQ) to the NCAA Tournament.

With the AQ to the NCAA Tournament, the Lions earned the second seed in the South Region and will host No. 16 West Florida and No. 19 Nova Southeastern on Friday, Nov. 11. The Argonauts and the Sharks face off at 2 p.m., where the winner will advance to face the Lions on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at University Soccer Field.

"The girls have really played their tails off, so it's nice to see our team climb up the rankings," Saint Leo Head Coach Ged O'Connor stated. "It's nice to look at, but we still have work in front of us to take care of and that's where our focus is."

This is the second time in three seasons the Lions team made an appearance in the NCAA and the first time in program history they clinched both the SSC Regular Season Crown and the SSC Tournament title. Saint Leo added the 2016 titles to the 2009 regular season and the 2011 tournament titles.

Saint Leo and Nova Southeastern were the lone two Sunshine State Conference members to be in the final NSCAA Coaches Poll rankings, where Rollins was receiving votes to round out the SSC members.

Joining Saint Leo, Nova Southeastern and West Florida in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament were Barry, Rollins, and Lee. Barry pulled down the No. 1 seed in the tournament where Rollins was the No. 4 and Lee the No. 5. The Tars and Flames face off Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. where the winner heads to the second round to face host Barry at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13.

The winner from the Barry host location and the Saint Leo host location will face off for the South Region title and will host the Southeast Regional Championships in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

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