BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team is ranked 10th in both the NCAA and NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Southeast Region polls this week, announced college officials Thursday.
Lees-McRae (10-7-1, 8-1 Conference Carolinas) rebounded from a tough start to the season with a torrid run of form, stringing together a 10-match unbeaten streak that included eight straight clean sheets and a stretch of more than 830 minutes without allowing a goal. The Bobcats parlayed the streak into their third straight conference regular season title, earning the top seed in the conference tournament for the third consecutive year before falling to eighth-seeded King University in the quarterfinal round.
The Bobcats are ranked 10th in both region polls this week, holding steady in the NSCAA poll for the third straight week, while breaking into the top 10 in the NCAA regional rankings as well.
Armstrong Atlantic State University occupies the top spot in the NSCAA poll, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne University, Clayton State University, University of North Georgia, and Columbus State University. Conference foe Belmont Abbey College is sixth, followed by Wingate University, Lander University, and Tusculum College; Lees-McRae and Queens University of Charlotte are tied for 10th.
Lenoir-Rhyne tops the NCAA rankings, followed by Columbus State, Armstrong Atlantic, Wingate, and Belmont Abbey. Clayton State is sixth, followed by Queens, North Georgia, Lander and Lees-McRae.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 19 letter-winners from this year's Conference Carolinas regular season championship squad, including rising seniors Ariana Smith (Jackson, N.J.), Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.), and Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.).
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