There is good news, better, and best news for Washington-area soccer fans. First, DC United is out of its misery as its awful campaign ended over the weekend. At least three NCAA Div. I women’s teams have already earned places in conference playoffs. The Naval Academy will host the Patriot League conference championship.
The Mids (8-0, 15-3) clinched the No. 1 seed and will host the PL semifinals and finals Nov. 8 and Nov. 10. First comes the quarterfinals and American University is still in the running to host one of those games Nov. 5.
The third and fourth seeds, and home field in the quarterfinals, will be determined this weekend. Army hosts Navy Nov. 1 at 7 pm. Nov. 2 Bucknell (4-3-1, 7-8-1) visits Boston University (7-1, 15-2-3) at 2 pm and Colgate hosts American at 7 pm. The Raiders (5-2-1, 9-5-1) are currently third in the PL with the Eagles (4-3-1, 6-10-1) tied with Bucknell (4-3-1, 7-8-1) for fourth. BU has outscored PL opponents 10-1 this season.
Victories by tournament first and second seeds, Navy and Boston, would have AU hosting a quarterfinal. Or the Eagles might try upsetting Colgate and earning their way to home field advantage.
Given the excitement of the PL it is almost anticlimactic how the area’s top team, Georgetown, ranked No. 15 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 9 in Soccer America, will be in Marquette Nov. 8 for the Big East Tournament.
The Hoyas (7-1-1, 14-1-2) close the regular season Nov. 2 at Seton Hall. A Georgetown victory would earn the women from the hilltop a second seed and first round bye in the Big East tourney.
With two games left George Mason is on the cusp of earning a trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship beginning Nov. 7 in Richmond. The Patriots are currently third in the A-10 at 4-2, 7-8-1. Dayton (6-0, 11-4-1) leads the way followed by St. Louis (4-2-1, 5-10-2).
The Pats play at St. Joe’s (2-3-1, 6-7-3) Nov. 1 and La Salle (3-2-1, 11-4-2) Nov. 3. Mason’s fate is in its hands.