KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s soccer team moved up to the top spot in the region Wednesday afternoon, as the second edition of the NCAA Atlantic Region Poll was released on www.NCAA.com.
The NCAA regional poll is the official poll that will determine the field for the NCAA Tournament next month. This is the second of three weekly regional polls that will be released prior to the live NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. on www.NCAA.com.
The Golden Bears split their games last week. KU is 14-2 this year, is ranked sixth in Division II in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll and has clinched a home game in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament next week.
West Virginia Wesleyan suffered its first loss of the season last week, dropping it from first to second in the region. West Chester remained third at 12-2-1, East Stroudsburg moved up one to fourth at 11-3-2, and Notre Dame made the biggest jump within the poll of two to fifth third week with a 11-3-2 record.
Rounding out the top-eight is Gannon (10-3-2), Indiana (PA) (11-4) and Slippery Rock (9-5-2).
Six teams from the Atlantic Region will be selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament, including automatic qualification for conference champions. The top-two seeds in the region will host First & Second Round action (two three-team sites) in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10-12. The Third Round and Quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 17-19 at the top remaining seed in the East Region this year, with the National Semifinal and Championships games returning to Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
Kutztown plays tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Bloomsburg University at 7 p.m. The regular-season-finale is Saturday, Oct. 28, on the road at Pitt-Johnstown.
The playoffs begin on Tuesday, Oct. 31, with the PSAC Quarterfinals at Keystone Field at 1 p.m.Final pairings will be determined this week.
|2||West Va. Wesleyan||14-1-1||14-1-1|
|5||Notre Dame (OH)||11-3-2||11-3-2|