ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The United Soccer Coaches announced its second week of Division II women's soccer regional rankings on Tuesday (Sept. 11), with three teams representing the SAC in the southeast.
Up from seventh in last week's poll is the preseason SAC favorite and 2017 national runner-up Carson-Newman. The No. 4 Eagles have sprung back from a slow start to the season to dominate their two most recent matches. In their home contest with Lees-McRae, the Eagles poured on seven goals while shutting out the Bobcats. Junior Allie-Anne Blackburn completed a hat trick in the win and added an assist. Only one shot on goal was attempted against Carson-Newman. The Eagles took nationally-ranked No. 21 Lee to overtime in their thrilling 3-2 victory.
At eighth is Queens University of Charlotte. Riding a three-game win streak heading into conference action, the Royals went 2-0 on the road for the week. They gave a loss to Tampa by way of a 2-1 win for the SAC team. Reigning SAC AstroTurf Offensive Player of the Week, Lulu Phan started the scoring in the 20th minute of the match. The Royals were able to shutout Saint Leo 2-0 with Phan also making her presence known in the scoring column.
Rounding out the southeast region is 10th ranked Lenoir-Rhyne. Since the last poll, Bears have gone 1-0-1 after trip down to Florida to take on Saint Leo and Tampa as well. Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, Loren Sterling, posted a shutout of the Lions with her team scoring a goal in the second half to win the match 1-0. Lenoir-Rhyne drew a two overtime 1-1 tie with the Spartans in Tampa and Sterling finished with six saves in the 110 minute-long marathon of a match.
South Atlantic Conference action will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12.
2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA DII Women's Southeast Region Poll Week 2
- Columbus State University
- Limestone College
- Georgia College
- Carson-Newman University
- Belmont Abbey College
- Flagler College
- University of North Georgia
- Queens University of Charlotte
- Lander University
- Lenoir-Rhyne University
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