INDIANAPOLIS, IND – Three Peach Belt Conference women's soccer teams will play for the national championship as the NCAA released the tournament seeds on Monday. Flagler is the #1 seed in the southeast region with North Georgia the #3 seed and UNC Pembroke the #5. The tournament begins with first-round games on Friday, Nov. 22.
Flagler won the regular and post-season Peach Belt Conference titles this year and will serve as the host of the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first in the program's history. The Saints are led by conference player of the year Sara Sandberg. The junior forward leads the team with 20 goals and 51 points. She also leads the team with six game-winning goals. Senior midfielder Charlene Nowotny has tallied a nation-best 19 assists and earned first-team all-conference honors. Joining Nowotny on the first-team All-PBC is junior forward Annie Habeeb who has tallied 14 goals. Junior goalkeeper Sarah-Lisa Dubel, the PBC Tournament MVP, has recorded nine shutouts this season and has a 0.65 goals-against average.
The Nighthawks will battle sixth-seeded Mount Olive on Friday at 3 p.m. in Hickory, North Carolina. The winner of that game will play the winner of second-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne and seventh-seeded Wingate. The Bears, as the No. 2 seed, were awarding hosting rights for the opening rounds of the regional. North Georgia enters the NCAA Tournament with a seven match unbeaten streak; the Nighthawks finished in a tie with Clayton State in the PBC semifinals, but fell in a penalty kick shootout.
A 14-win season proved to be even more fruitful for the UNC Pembroke soccer team as the Braves earned their fourth NCAA Tournament berth, and their first since taking home the Peach Belt Conference title in 2017. The fifth-seeded Braves (14-4-1) battle fourth-seeded Lincoln Memorial (16-4-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. in opening-round action at Flagler College's Saints Field.
Friday's first-round match will mark UNCP's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, but first since 2017. The Braves made their first trip to the postseason in 2008 and won their opening-round bout with Pfeiffer before falling to Carson-Newman in the second round. In 2010, the Black & Gold once again knocked off Pfeiffer in the first round, but fell to Armstrong State in the second round.
|2019 NCAA Southeast Region Tournament|
|at St. Augustine, Fla.|
|Game 1||#5 UNC Pembroke (14-4-1) vs. #4 Lincoln Memorial (16-4-0)||Friday||3 p.m.|
|Game 2||#1 Flagler (19-0-1) vs. #8 Catawba (11-3-3)||Friday||6 p.m.|
|Game 3||Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2||Sunday||2 p.m.|
|at Hickory, N.C.|
|Game 4||#3 North Georgia (15-2-2) vs. #6 Mount Olive (14-0-3)||Friday||3 p.m.|
|Game 5||#2 Lenoir-Rhyne (15-3-0) vs. #7 Wingate (13-4-2)||Friday||6 p.m.|
|Game 6||Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5||Sunday||2 p.m.|
|at. Site TBD|
|Game 7||Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 6||December 5 or 6||TBA|