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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Beavers ‘under consideration’ with first release of region rankings

The Bemidji State women’s soccer team is right back in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth.

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The Beavers celebrate after fifth-year Sara Wendt scored during the second half against Minnesota State on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bemidji State women’s soccer team is right back in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Beavers are one of 10 teams “under consideration” in the first of three Central Region rankings, which the NCAA announced Wednesday.

New this year, teams are listed solely as “under consideration” in alphabetical order for the first ranking of the season. In years past, teams had been ranked No. 1, No. 2 and so on.

BSU (9-2-4, 8-1-3 NSIC) is one of three NSIC schools included in Wednesday’s list, joining Minnesota State and Augustana.

The Central Region, which also includes the Mid-America Athletic Association and the Great American Conference, also saw seven other schools crack the initial list. All seven hail from the MIAA: Central Missouri, Central Oklahoma, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Northeastern State, Northwest Missouri State and Washburn.

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The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Tournament. Conference tournament winners will earn automatic bids, while the five other spots will be awarded on an at-large basis.

The NCAA women’s soccer selection show will be streamed online at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at NCAA.com.

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