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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Bemidji State drops to 3rd in latest Central Region rankings

The Beavers, tabbed No. 2 in the region last week, were passed by NSIC foe Minnesota State and slid down to No. 3. The Beavers and Mavericks are the top two teams in the conference and could face off in the NSIC Tournament championship on Sunday, Nov. 6, in Mankato.

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Bemidji State senior Halle Peterson (2) kicks the ball to score a goal during the second half of an NSIC Tournament quarterfinal game against U-Mary on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bemidji State women’s soccer team dropped a spot in the latest edition of the NCAA Central Region rankings.

The Beavers, tabbed No. 2 in the region last week, were passed by Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Minnesota State and slid down to No. 3. The Beavers and Mavericks are the top two teams in the conference and could face off in the NSIC Tournament championship on Sunday, Nov. 6, in Mankato.

Both teams trail Mid-America Athletic Association member Central Missouri, which once again holds the top spot. No. 9 Minot State and No. 10 Augustana also made the rankings from the NSIC.

Holding down spots four through eight in the rankings are MIAA teams Fort Hays State, Emporia State, Northwest Missouri State, Central Oklahoma and Washburn.

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The NSIC, MIAA and Great American Conference comprise the 35-team Central Region. The top eight teams in the region advance to the NCAA region tournament, and the top two seeds in the region have the opportunity to host.

Automatic bids to the tournament are granted to the winners of the MIAA, GAC and NSIC postseason tournaments, with the remaining five spots awarded on an at-large basis.

The NCAA women's soccer selection show will be streamed online at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at NCAA.com.

Central Region rankings (Nov. 2)

1-Central Missouri (MIAA)

2-Minnesota State (NSIC)

3-Bemidji State (NSIC)

4-Fort Hays State (MIAA)

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5-Emporia State (MIAA)

6-Northwest Missouri State (MIAA)

7-Central Oklahoma (MIAA)

8-Washburn (MIAA)

9-Minot State (NSIC)

10-Augustana (NSIC)

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