Lady Patriot Soccer Selected to NCAA Regional Tournament

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The Dallas Baptist Lady Patriot Soccer Team has been selected to the 2011 NCAA Regional Soccer Tournament on the strength of their first-ever Heartland Conference Championship and their 14-5-1 record. Dallas Baptist collected an early season win over then #8 Central Missouri and fought their way into first place in the Heartland Conference with a 1-0 win over St. Edward’s on October 22. From there, the number one seed in the conference tournament collected wins over Texas A&M International, St. Mary’s and UT-Permian Basin to claim their first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in team history.

The Lady Patriots will open the regional tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma with a rematch against Central Missouri on Friday, November 11. Central Missouri will go into the game with only a single blemish on their 19-1-0 record – that lone loss came at the hands of Dallas Baptist. The winner of the DBU/Central Missouri game will advance to play Central Oklahoma in the second round on Sunday, November 13.

There are a total of six teams in the South Central Regional vying for a spot in the tournament quarterfinals:

1) Abilene Christian (18-1-1)
2) Central Oklahoma (15-3-0)
3) Central Missouri (19-1-0)
4) St. Edward’s (15-2-1)
5) Midwestern State (13-5-2)
6) Dallas Baptist (14-5-1)

The Lady Patriots will be very familiar with the teams in the tournament having played, aside from Midwestern State, each of the regional participants this season. Against the South Central Region participants, the Lady Patriots finished with a 2-4 record with five of the six games being decided by one goal. DBU saw conference rival St. Edward’s three times during the season and split the regular season series before falling in the final second to the Hilltoppers in the conference tournament championship game.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to play for a regional championship,” said Head Coach Michelle Lenard. “This is a result of a lot of hard work and I am very happy that the girls are being rewarded for their efforts. This is a first for DBU Soccer and I am grateful to be a part of it.”