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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Bemidji State takes 2nd in new NCAA regional rankings

The No. 21 Beavers are ranked second in the Central Region, trailing only Central Missouri in the second edition of the rankings.

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Bemidji State junior Lauren Hodny (17) runs with the ball in the first half against Winona State on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bemidji State women’s soccer team is sitting pretty in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer regional rankings.

The No. 21 Beavers are ranked second in the Central Region, trailing only Central Missouri in the second edition of the rankings released on Wednesday. Fellow Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Minnesota State rounds out the top three teams.

The NSIC placed four teams in the rankings in total, including No. 9 Minot State and No. 10 Augustana.

All other entrants – Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Central Oklahoma, Northwest Missouri State and Washburn – hail from the Mid-America Athletic Association, of which Central Missouri is also a member.

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.

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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 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at NCAA.com.

Central Region rankings (Oct. 26)

1-Central Missouri (MIAA)

2-Bemidji State (NSIC)

3-Minnesota State (NSIC)

4-Emporia State (MIAA)

5-Fort Hays State (MIAA)

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6-Central Oklahoma (MIAA)

7-Northwest Missouri State (MIAA)

8-Washburn (MIAA)

9-Minot State (NSIC)

10-Augustana (NSIC)

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