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Defending champion and top seed Lindsey Wilson highlights the 16-team field that kicks off play in the 30th annual NAIA Women’s
National Championship Monday in Orange Beach, Ala. The Blue Raiders open second-round play against No. 16 Olivet Nazarene in a rematch of last year’s championship game.
No. 7 seed
Davenport and No. 8 Concordia (Calif.) earned their respective program’s first-ever trips to the national championships with wins over St. Ambrose (4-2) and John Brown (2-0), respectively.
Robert Morris (Ill.) and Cal State San Marcos were the only unseeded teams to advance with first-round victories. Robert Morris got two goals from All-America forward Florence Dadson
in a 3-1 win over 11th-seeded Spring Arbor. Cal State San Marcos avenged its regular-season loss with a 1-0 triumph over No. 14 The Master’s on a Jennifer Hager
goal in the 40th minute. SECOND ROUND: Schedule Monday,
No. 3 Northwood (Fla.) (15-1-1) vs. Cal State San Marcos (12-5-1)
No. 2 Westmont (15-1-4) vs. No. 15 Martin Methodist (16-5-1)
No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) (18-1-1) vs.
No. 13 St. Thomas (Fla.) (17-1-1)
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (19-3-0) vs. No. 16 Olivet Nazarene (17-3-2) Tuesday, December 3
No. 6 Vanguard
(15-4-1) vs. Robert Morris (Ill.) (14-4-1)
No. 7 Davenport (18-2-1) vs. No. 10 Cumberland (16-3-1)
No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (15-4-1) vs. No. 12 William Carey (18-4-0)
Concordia (Calif.) (17-0-3) vs. Mobile (10-8-2)