Women's Soccer - Sun, Nov. 15, 2009
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College will face No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) University Saturday in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round, the NAIA announced Sunday.

The Lady Bulldogs are 16-2-1 on the season and won both the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

The Lady Crusaders are 19-1-1 overall and advanced to the 2008 Elite Eight.

Saturday's game time has not been announced yet.

The No. 1 seed Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (17-2-2) are making their ninth consecutive appearance in the National Championship and will host Missouri Baptist (12-7-1) in Columbia, Ky. Missouri Baptist is making its first appearance in the tournament.

The No. 2 seed Lee (Tenn.) Lady Flames (16-2-1) play host to Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) (11-5-2), the American Mideast Conference Tournament Champion, who is making its first tournament appearance. Last year's champion, Lee, has made six straight National Championship appearances.

No. 3 California Baptist (15-4-1) is making its third appearance in the National Championship and will host Grand View (Iowa) (10-9-2), the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion.

No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (14-3-1) will entertain Maine-Fort Kent (17-0) in Azusa, Calif. The Cougars are the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season champions. Maine-Fort Kent comes into the tournament as one of only two unbeaten teams in the country, along with Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (17-0-4).
All three top-seeds were ranked at No. 1 at some point in the season. Simon Fraser (B.C.) and Houghton (N.Y.) are making their 11th trips to the National Championship; respectively there are nine schools that have qualified for the first time in program history.

Five of the teams in the field hold at least one National Championship title with no team owning more then two. The last five National Championships have been won by teams in this year's tournament, Lee in 2008, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) in 2005 and 2007 and Lindsey Wilson in 2004 and 2006.
This is Union's third trip to the national tournament. The Lady Bulldogs are 2-1-1 all-time in tournament play and advanced to the 2002 Final Four.

For complete look at the opening round pairings, click here.