KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a 16-5-2 season that culminated with its first NCAA Championship victory in program history, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer team received votes in the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women's Final Postseason Poll.
Ohio Dominican is the only NCAA Division II school in Ohio and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference to be ranked or receive votes in the final poll.
The Panthers notched a program-high 16 wins and topped Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament champion McKendree by a final mark of 2-1 (2OT) in the first round of the NCAA Championship. ODU finished 11-2-1 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and recorded an unbeaten streak of eight-straight contests before falling in the second round of the NCAA Championship to No. 6 Grand Valley State.
ODU saw four student-athletes named to All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference teams, including a conference-high three first team selections. Seniors Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) earned United Soccer Coaches Second Team Midwest Region honors and also earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District awards and are up for All-America award consideration. Bates was named a D2CCA First Team All-American after scoring 15 goals and tallying three assists at midfielder, while freshman defender Lindsay Buten (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned third team All-Midwest Region honors from United Soccer Coaches.
The final rankings mark the first time the Panthers have received votes in the poll since breaking into the Top 25 in 2014.
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