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Sunday, 11 November 2012 22:00

BU Earns At-Large Bid Into Nationals

Shelby Schiraldi and the Wildcats will compete in the NAIA Opening Round next Saturday, Nov. 17 Shelby Schiraldi and the Wildcats will compete in the NAIA Opening Round next Saturday, Nov. 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University women's soccer team has earned an at-large bid into the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Wildcats finished the regular season and HAAC postseason tournament with a record of 12-6-1 and earned the No. 3 at-large spot. The field of 32 teams is comprised of only six at-large teams.

This is the third national championship appearance in the history of the program and the 2012 national tournament marks the 29th Annual event.

The tournament will get underway with the National Championship Opening Round at 15 campus locations on Nov. 17.

The 15 Opening Round winners, as well as host Mobile (Ala.), will advance to the national championship final site from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 in Orange Beach, Ala.

The national championship bracket will be released Monday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. CST.

This year's 31 teams include 24 automatic qualifiers, - awarded to conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament and regular-season champions - six at-large bids and one host berth. There are 17 teams that qualified for the 2011 championship and are back again this year.

The six at-large teams were selected based on the final official NAIA Women's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI). The MRPI consists of the team's modified winning percentage, their opponents' winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI. The MRPI modifies the value of home/away/neutral results and adds more value for games against opponents ranked in their respective national poll.

NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all final site games of the 2012 Women's Soccer National Championship. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95.

For a look at the entire Opening Round field, please click here.


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