2008 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Qualifiers Announced

30 teams selected to participate in National Championship Opening Round on Nov. 22


The 2008 National Championhip Opening Round field has been determined

Nov. 16, 2008

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (PDF Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 30-team field and bracket for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round, which will be held Nov. 22 at 15 different sites. There will be 15 Opening Round games all across the country. The winners of those 15 Opening Round games, in addition to host school Embry-Riddle (Fla.), will meet at the 25th Annual Women’s Soccer National Championship from Dec. 1-6 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Of the teams selected, 26 schools were automatic bids (conferences/independents/unaffiliateds) while four programs were at-larges and Embry-Riddle is the National Championship host institution. No. 12 Berry (Ga.) is making its 16th appearance, which is the most of any school in the field. No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is making its 11th straight trip and holds 21 wins, both figures mark the most in the field.

 

No. 1 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) opens up by hosting Siena Heights (Mich.). The Blue Raiders are 18-1 on the season after winning the Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship and Tournament Championship. LWC is riding a 13-game winning streak and has out-scored the opposition by an 86-3 margin during that stretch, which includes 10 shut outs.

 

Defending national champion Martin Methodist (Tenn.) is the No. 6 seed and takes on Indiana Wesleyan in Pulaski, Tenn. Last year, the RedHawks won the 2007 National Championship by a score of 2-1 over Azusa Pacific (Calif.). The last No. 1 seed to win the title was MMC back in 2005.

 

Overall, there are 11 schools that have qualified for the National Championships for the first time in history. Two teams enter the National Championship Opening Round with an undefeated record – No. 5 Concordia (Ore.) and No. 8 Graceland (Iowa).

 

For National Championship ticket information at Daytona Beach from Dec. 1-6, contact Maryellen Wynn at maryellen.wynn@erau.edu or call (386) 323-5004.

 

JumpTV Inc. is the exclusive provider of live video and audio-streaming of the National Championship. JumpTV will stream the 2008 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships from Dec. 1-6 and the NAIA Volleyball National Championships from Dec. 4-5. In all, there will be 37 events for public viewing during the NAIA Fall National Championships. These events can be viewed by going to watchnaia.com or by clicking here.

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2008 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round

Teams Listed Alphabetically 

                                                                                                                                           2008 NAIA National Championship

Team (Overall W/L Record^)             Qualification                                                         Appearances* Record#   Titles

#4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (17-2)

Golden State Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

11th (11th straight)

21-9

1

Benedictine (Kan.) (13-4-2)

Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

#12 Berry (Ga.) (12-7-1)

At-large bid #4

16th (1st since 2004)

17-10-3

3

#7 Cal Baptist (15-4-1)

At-large bid #1

2nd (1st since 2003)

1-1-1

0

#13 Cal State San Marcos

(12-3-4)

Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

#5 Concordia (Ore.) (19-0-1)

Cascade Collegiate Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

8th (8th straight)

8-7-2

0

Dordt (Iowa) (18-1)

Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (8-8)

Automatic Host Bid

5th (2nd straight)

1-4

0

#8 Graceland (Iowa) (17-0-2)

At-large bid #2

3rd (1st since 2005)

2-1-2

0

Hastings (Neb.) (14-5-1)

Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-up

1st

0-0

--

Houghton (N.Y.) (14-2-1)

American Mideast Regular Season Champion

10th (6th straight)

5-10

0

Indiana Wesleyan (14-2-1)

Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Champion

4th (1st since 2005)

1-3

0

Kansas Wesleyan (14-5-1)

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

2nd (2nd straight)

1-1

0

King (Tenn.) (13-7)

Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

2nd (2nd straight)

0-1

0

#3 Lee (Tenn.) (20-1)

Southern States Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

5th (5th straight)

7-3-1

0

#1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (17-1)

Mid-South Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

10th (8th straight

15-8-2

2

Maine-Fort Kent (17-3)

Sunrise Conference Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

#6 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (18-1)

TranSouth Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

5th (5th straight)

9-1-2

2

#16 McKendree (Ill.) (18-1-1)

American Midwest Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

5th (4th straight)

3-4-1

0

#9 Northwood (Fla.) (16-2)

The Sun Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

4th (3rd straight)

2-3

0

Ohio Dominican (13-4-2)

American Mideast Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

Oklahoma City (16-4-1)

Sooner Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

4th (1st since 2001)

6-3

0

#14 Park (Mo.) (14-1-2)

Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

8th (6th in the last 7 years)

5-8

0

Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (14-3)

Unaffiliated Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (9-8-3)

Midwest Collegiate Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

Siena Heights (Mich.) (11-5-4)

Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

5th (2nd in 3 years)

2-4

0

#11 Simon Fraser (B.C.) (11-6)

At-large bid #3

10th (1st since 2005)

17-6-3

2

Texas Wesleyan (11-6)

Red River Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

#10 Trinity Christian (Ill.) (20-1)

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

1st

0-0

--

#15 William Carey (Miss.) (14-3-1)

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season & Tournament Champion

2nd (1st since 1999)

0-2

0

William Jessup (Calif.) (12-4-1)

California Pacific Champion Regular Season Champion

1st

0-0

--

 

^ Based on school websites

* Includes 2008 Championship

# Based on available records


 

 

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