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Soccer: LWC Women face Georgia Gwinnett in NAIA opener

By Christopher Coombs

The Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team will take on Georgia Gwinnett in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Thursday, November 18, 2021, according to the national qualifiers and opening-round pairings released by the national office on Monday.

The 40-team NAIA Opening Round event at 10 campus locations will occur on Nov. 18 and 20.

The Blue Raiders were picked as the No. 2-seed in the Indianapolis Bracket. Georgia Gwinnett received the No. 3-seed as Marian (IN) and Northwestern Ohio fill out the top of the bracket as the No. 1 and No. 4-seeds, respectively.

Winners of each contest will advance to the opening round championship game scheduled for Nov. 20. Times for all of the contests will be released later this week. All games will the played on the campus of Marian University on St. Vincent Field.

The 2021 NAIA Opening Round winners will meet up in Orange Beach, Ala., at the NAIA National Championship final site event. The 38th annual championship takes place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex on Nov. 30 through Dec. 6.

This year's opening round field includes 28 automatic qualifiers and 12 at-large selections. Automatic berths were given to teams that either won their respective conference tournament title, regular-season championship, finished runner-up at the conference tournament, or was selected by their conference in absence of a conference tournament.

The at-large bids were determined by the NAIA Women's Soccer National Selection Committee. This committee consists of one representative from each geographical area, a representative from the National Administrative Council, the president of the NAIA-Women's Soccer Coaches Association, and three at-large members. The committee evaluated teams throughout the year on various criteria.

Lindsey Wilson is making its 23nd all-time appearance at the national tournament - the most appearances of the field -- after receiving an at-large bid. LWC has won four national championships, doing so in 2004, 2006, 2012, and 2014 and owns a 45-18-3 record.

Marian (15-4-1) qualified for the national tournament as an at-large selection from the Crossroads League. They are making their fourth appearance in the tournament. Georgia Gwinnett (11-6-1) is making their sixth appearance after winning the Continental Athletic Conference Tournament. Northwest Ohio (12-6-3) is making its eighth appearance after receiving an and automatic bid as the WHAC Tournament Runner-up.

A full preview of the opening round will be available later this week on

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